The Crown has today closed its case in the jury trial of the
Arataki man accused of bashing and robbery of two French
tourists in Papamoa last year.
Che Teraumate Bridger, 25, whose trial began in Tauranga
District Court on Monday, has denied two counts of aggravated
Bridger has elected not to take the witness box to give
evidence or call any defence witnesses.
The Crown and Bridger's lawyer Tony Balme will begin giving
their closing arguments to the jury, followed by Judge Peter
Rollo's summing up of their respective cases.
The jury is expected to retire to deliberate on their
verdicts later this afternoon.
The Crown alleges that Bridger together with Bo-Tamati
Rawiri, 26, assaulted and robbed the Frenchmen while they
were hitchhiking from Tauranga to Rotorua on July 7, 2012.
Rawiri, who has admitted his role in the robbery has already
- By Sandra Conchie