No leniency on drink driving

Friday February 12, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

Drinking and driving cases are an issue in the Cook Islands and Justice of Peace Carmen Temata has advised lawyers of the High Court that the court cannot be lenient on such cases.


This comes after Karawete Highland, who was charged for refusing to undergo a breathalyzer test, appeared before JP Temata at the Avarua High Court for sentencing yesterday as he had pleaded guilty in December last year.

Senior Police Prosecutor Fairoa Tararo informed the court that Highland was identified by police consuming alcohol and he refused a breathalyzer test.

Tararo said harsh penalties must be given to cases of drinking and driving.

He said there was no tragic outcome but Highland did have previous convictions.

JP Temata said Highland had had chances to deal with his problem and while 2013 may have been his last conviction people still have in their mind that he has been before the court for the same offence.

JP Temata told Highland’s lawyer Scowcroft that the next time his client  appears he will be imprisoned.

“We need to think of the safety of our road users and not be lenient all the time.

“Sometimes people say they are remorseful but they return from here and repeat the same thing for the same offences,” she said.   

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