Teens who bashed taxi driver remanded in custody

By Kiri Gillespie

Two teenagers who bashed and robbed a taxi driver have been remanded in custody awaiting restorative justice.

Timote Manu, 19, and Jared Dixon, 18, appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday for sentencing on charges of aggravated robbery.

Lawyers Tony Rickard-Simms (Dixon) and Bill Nabney (Manu) requested the sentencing for the pair to be resumed at a later date to enable a restorative justice process.

Judge Robert Wolff granted the request, saying it was more for the victim's benefit than that of the two offenders.

The aggravated robbery happened in January after the pair devised a plan to order a taxi to take them to Ohauti Rd and then run off without paying.

A taxi picked up the pair and dropped them off on Ohauiti Rd when the pair demanded money, threatened to kill the driver before bashing him - landing at least 12 blows.

Manu and Dixon will appear in court again on May 9.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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