Hitch-hikers still recovering

Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014
Michaela Brandl
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ON HOLIDAY: Michaela Brandl, one of the hitch-hikers who were attacked on the West Coast, is still in Christchurch Hospital.
Niki Honda
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ON HOLIDAY: Niki Honda, one of the hitch-hikers who were attacked on the West Coast, is still in Christchurch Hospital.

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Two hitch-hikers seriously injured in an attack on the West Coast remain in hospital five days after their ordeal.

Michaela Brandl, 28, was stabbed three times in the neck while Niki Honda, 27, a Japanese-Dutch tourist, suffered pelvic injuries. Both are stable in Christchurch Hospital. They were picked up at Whataroa and found injured near Franz Josef on Sunday.

They have been visited by friends made during their travels in New Zealand, and are reportedly overwhelmed by gifts from the public, including cash, help with flights home or a rental car to continue their travels.

A source said they had yet to decide what they will do.

They have refused all media interviews and it is understood they remain deeply traumatised by their ordeal and dismayed by the publicity it has attracted.

It is not known when the women will be discharged.

A 38-year-old Otaki man charged with wounding Brandl and robbing the two women while armed with a metal bar also remains in Christchurch Hospital, where he has had surgery for dog bites suffered during his arrest.

The man, whose name is suppressed, has also been charged with the murder of Christchurch caregiver Amy Elizabeth Farrall.

He was remanded without plea at a court hearing held in the hospital on Wednesday.

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