Eight face court on assault charges

Monday April 13, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

Eight people charged with assault appeared before the High Court and Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi on Thursday April 2.

Okirua Manuela, Michael Brown, Anthony Kakino, Trevor Tiro, William Edmond Doherty Jnr and Revi Kite all appeared on individual charges of assaulting a female. Through defence counsel Mark Short, Manuela entered pleas of guilty to a charge of assaulting a female and two charges of contempt of court. Manuela had previously been charged with threatening to cause grievous harm, but police prosecutor Fairoa Tararo applied to have this charge withdrawn and replaced with the assault charge. Sentencing has been set for April 23. Manuela remains in custody as he has nowhere to live. Brown also remains in custody due to having no place to reside. He will reappear on April 9 on a different charge.  Kakino’s defence counsel, Mark Short, sought more time to have ‘anomalies’ in the case clarified with police. April 23. Tiro appeared for sentencing on his charge of assaulting a female. However because he had failed to keep appointments with his counsel and Probation Services and proved difficult to locate, JP Manarangi ordered Tiro to remain in court until a probation report could be provided to direct his April 16 sentencing. Atiu contractor Doherty Jnr failed to appear in court to face his charge. Defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen said he was unsure if Doherty was still on Atiu or if he had returned to Rarotonga. He asked for an adjournment to allow him to locate his client. Doherty is expected to reappear in court on April 16. Kite entered a plea of guilty but as it was not his first appearance on an assault charge, a probation report was ordered and sentencing set for April 23.  Turi Natini appeared in court on a single charge of indecent assault. Defence counsel Mark Short asked the court for an adjournment as he needed time to receive disclosure documents from police. Natini’s next court appearance is set for April 30.

Maranatha Turua did not enter a plea to a charge of common assault. Turua was given two weeks to seek legal counsel and told to return to court on April 16. 

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