Third man pleads guilty to tourist robbery at hot pools

By Rebecca Malcolm -
Blake John Lee pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery. Photo / Thinkstock
Blake John Lee pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery. Photo / Thinkstock

A third man has admitted his role in the aggravated robbery of two foreign tourists at the Waiotapu hot pools near Rotorua.

Michael William Absolum, 33, pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated robbery when he appeared in the Rotorua District Court yesterday.

He is charged along with Blake John Lee and Jade Raymond Mellow, who have both also pleaded guilty to the aggravated robbery of the two tourists, a 20-year-old Swiss man and a 26-year-old Korean woman.

Judge Phillip Cooper remanded Absolum on bail to reappear in the Rotorua District Court on December 16 for sentencing.

Judge Cooper also gave Absolum a warning under the three strikes legislation.

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