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Five charged with drink-driving

Monday April 13, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

Seven traffic related cases were brought before the High Court and Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi on Thursday April 2.

Junior Nganu, Miimetua Akaroa, Vaia Tiaki Teariki Engu, Teautupu Tearaitoa and Paul Bruce Nicholson all faced individual charges of exceeding the legal breath alcohol limit.

Nganu (16) was convicted and fined $300 plus $30 court costs and disqualified from driving for 12 months. 

Akaroa failed to appear in court and defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen agreed with police that a bench warrant should be issued for his arrest. Rasmussen said Akaroa had known about his day in court and had still failed to appear.

A bench warrant was issued for Tearaitoa’s arrest after he failed to appear in court. 

Engu was convicted and fined $350 plus $30 court costs and disqualified for 12 months from driving a motorcycle. He was also ordered to pay $150 to cover the cost of his blood test. 

Nicholson, a mechanic living overseas, was convicted and fined $400 plus $30 court costs and disqualified for driving in the Cook Islands for 12 months, after being caught driving while intoxicated. 

Nicholson, who pleaded guilty, recorded a total of 810mg of alcohol per litre of breath when tested by police. It was his first appearance in court on a traffic-related charge.

Williams James Rennie appeared in court on a charge of careless driving. Police confirmed that a previous application for diversion had been declined. However, defence counsel Rasmussen asked for an adjournment to discuss the matter with police. Rennie will reappear for call over on May 28.

Rongo Tarai was convicted and fined $100 plus $30 court costs after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while disqualified.

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