Repeat burglar granted bail

Saturday December 28, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Lawyer claims incident a ‘one-off’ and family wants accused home.

Recidivist burglar Japhet Manuel has been granted bail by the High Court.

Manuel, represented by defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen, admitted to a charge of unlawfully entering a residential home in Titikaveka.

He pleaded guilty through his counsel Wilkie Rasmussen, who made submissions to the court requesting Manuel to be released on bail.

Presenting his submissions to Justice of the Peace John Whitta, Rasmussen said the matter was a “one-off” and his family wanted him to return home.

Police prosecutor sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa said the defendant had entered his neighbour’s house and had been before the court previously on similar charges.

JP Whitta granted Manuel bail and said it was important that he observe curfew from 7pm-7am, and must not enter the complainant’s property or contact the complainant.

Manuel will be sentenced on February 25 before three JPs. A probation report was ordered for his sentencing.

Several minor court matters were presented to the High Court yesterday, with JP Whitta presiding.

Collin Paul, charged for willfully damaging a sliding door valued at $295, said he was in touch with a lawyer who would give him legal advice.

The incident took place on December 21 this year at Parekura.

JP Whitta said this was not Paul’s property and adjourned the matter to February 6, next year.

Nimaika Mataita who is charged with carelessly driving a motorcycle on November 22 at Panama did not enter any plea.

His case has been adjourned February 6



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