Tourists’ bashing claim ‘invented for insurance’


Two British tourists have been arrested after allegedly making false complaints about getting bashed and robbed in Queenstown on Saturday night.

Constable Sean Drader of the Queenstown police said the pair admitted last night to inventing the theft of their property in an attempt to make an insurance claim.

The men, aged 21 and 22, said they were attacked and robbed by eight “well-dressed” New Zealand men on Lake Esplanade about 11.50pm.

They said they were both knocked to the ground and had cameras, wallets and a cellphone taken.

Before that, they had been drinking for about four to five hours when one of them was ejected from a local bar.

Mr Drader said today it was unclear whether injuries the pair had were from an assault, fighting or other reasons.

Both have been charged with making a false complaint to police and are due to appear in Queenstown District Court on May 26.