Four jailed after tourist bashed

Four of the five people charged with aggravated robbery for a Boxing Day attack on two German tourists in Whakatane have been sent to jail.

Judge Louis Bidois also declined further name suppression for the three youth offenders when they appeared in the Whakatane District Court today.

Mark Wikotu, now 19, was jailed for four years and four months; Antonia Biddle, 15, was jailed for three years and three months; Marshall Poihipi, now 16, was jailed for four years and six months; and younger brother Jason Poihipi, 14, was jailed for three years and three months.

Biddle and the Poihipis were each ordered to pay $1000 reparation to the victims.

Wikotu will be held at Waikeria Prison in Waikato, while placements at CYF secure facilities will be requested for the three youth offenders.

A fifth person, a 17-year-old, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle.

By Katee Shanks of the Rotorua Daily Post

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