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
- By Katee Shanks of
the Rotorua Daily Post