A woman arrested over an attack on two French tourists in
Hawkes Bay at the weekend did not appear in court yesterday
because she was in hospital.
The 27-year-old Hastings woman was charged with assault with
intent to rob and breaches of community work after the two
tourists were attacked by their van in a Westshore carpark on
She was due to appear in Napier District Court but had her
appearance moved to Hastings District Court before it was
decided she would not appear.
Police said she was in hospital with a pre-existing condition
and would be remanded in custody by consent, which would be
Police said the two tourists, both 22, were confronted by a
man and woman who asked them for a lighter before a pistol
and baseball bat were brandished.
The male tourist was pistol-whipped in the attack.
Neither of the tourists required medical attention, but were
"extremely shaken up" by what had happened, police said.
A Westshore resident came to the rescue of the couple, by
calling the police and giving them a place to stay the night
after they sounded the van's horn to scare off their
A man wanted over the assault has not yet been found.