Man accused of bashing tourists to defend allegations

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One of two men charged over the bashing and robbery of two 21-year-old French tourists in Papamoa last July will defend the allegations at trial in December.

Che Bridger, 25, of Mount Maunganui will defend two charges of aggravated robbery at a jury trial set to begin on December 2.

Police say the tourists were hitch-hiking from Tauranga to Rotorua on July 7 when they were picked up and driven behind the former Shell station near the Welcome Bay turn-off, then beaten and robbed.

Bridger's trial date was set in Tauranga District Court yesterday.

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