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This is an especially interesting story - often more for what wasn't reported. There's been no real mention of the ethnicity of the accused and even the victim's nationality has been hidden - generally being described as a "European". To some people of course the town of Turangi is known as a Maori heaven - but you wouldn't know this from the press. Instead there's talk of gangs and out-of-control yoofs. The closest the papers have gotten to mentioning that the accused is a Maori was in today's paper where it was noted that the accused was supported by his 'whanau' - a Maori word for family. Maoris are great support people. Interesting too that the article should be titled "accused close to tears" - are we supposed to feel sorry for him? I suppose Maoris have suffered.......
Holiday park attack accused close to tears
Published: 7:26AM Thursday December 29, 2011
- A teen accused of a holiday park attack has appeared in court
A teenager facing charges over the savage attack on a girl at a Turangi holiday park nearly broke into tears when he appeared in court today.
The 16-year-old accused appeared in Taupo Youth Court this afternoon and was remanded in custody to reappear at the same court on January 12 at 11am. Bail was not sought.
The Turangi youth is facing charges of sexual violation, aggravated wounding and burglary.
Strict reporting conditions mean no further details can be published.
However, ONE News can tell you that he was supported by several family members and nearly broke into tears when he was asked to introduce them to the court.
The charges were laid after a five-year-old girl, who is from Europe and was on holiday with her parents, was attacked as she slept in a caravan last week at Club Habitat.
Hours of surgery
The victim needed four hours of surgery after receiving injuries to her head, face and body in the December 21 attack. She had been asleep in the caravan with her three-year-old brother.
Their parents had been in an amenity block nearby when the mother discovered the caravan locked and saw a male lying on her daughter.
She screamed and when she returned with her husband, the door was open and their daughter was lying seriously injured in her bed.
Police believe the girl may never remember anything about the attack because of her injuries.
Taupo District Mayor Rick Cooper said the community had been rocked.
Detective Inspector Mark Loper said the case has "really touched the hearts of so many people in New Zealand".
Donations to family
New Zealanders have donated more than $50,000 to the family.
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