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Court full for stabbing cases

Friday March 23, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

Two people involved with stabbing incidents appeared before Justice Potter in the Cook Islands High Court yesterday.

 

Christian Temaru Goodwin appeared on one charge of wounding with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, one of wounding with the intent to injure, and one of wounding with reckless disregard.

Goodwin is the alleged perpetrator of a stabbing that occurred in Taputapuatea on February 10. The 27-year-old entered pleas of not guilty to all three charges through his new defence counsel, Wilkie Rasmussen. Goodwin was granted bail, with Justice Potter saying it was “on the cusp”, of being granted or not. A number of bail conditions were imposed.

Also appearing yesterday was Ngatokotoru Kaitara Nicholas. The 19-year-old is charged with two counts of wounding with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, relating to an incident that occurred outside of the Rehab Nightclub in Avarua on February 16.

It is alleged Nicholas was attacked by multiple assailants and used an empty bottle to try and defend himself.

His counsel, Norman George, applied for bail. It was declined due to the fact Nicholas has previously breached his bail conditions and has also offended whilst on bail previously.

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