The youth charged with a serious assault on the Ngamotu Rd Dairy owner on Sunday has been remanded in custody.
The 16-year-old, facing a charge of injuring the dairy owner with intent, cannot be named because of his age.
The assault is alleged to have occurred about midday after the owner refused to sell cigarettes to a group of youths who were unable to show him any identification.
Several witnesses described how he was dragged out of the shop, hit and beaten.
The youth was arrested in New Plymouth yesterday after he was chased by police and jumped into the sea near the Wind Wand, almost drowning before officers rescued him.
Youth Aid officer Senior Constable Zane Webby said the youth was taken to the Rotorua Youth Justice Facility following his appearance in New Plymouth Youth Court before JPs this morning.
The youth would reappear tomorrow in the Youth Court before a judge when police would continue to oppose his release on bail, Mr Webby said.
Youth Court is not open to the public.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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