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Assault charge withdrawn

Wednesday April 22, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

Four people charged with assault appeared before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams in the High Court on Thursday April 16.

William Doherty Jnr and Trevor Tiro were individually charged with assaulting a female.

Doherty’s charge was withdrawn and discharged after written and verbal submissions were made by the victim. 

Tiro was convicted and sentenced and fined $20 reparation costs, plus $30 court costs. He was also put on probation for 12 months and ordered not to consume or purchase alcohol and not to enter any liquor licence premises. He must also attend counselling workshops as directed by Probation Services and participate in selected activities instructed by Rotaianga Men’s Group. 

Teina Tekoronga pleaded not guilty to two charges of assaulting a child and contempt of court. Defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen sought an adjournment until May 7. 

Claire Samson Piniata was given a nine month suspended sentence on a charge of assaulting a constable. JP Williams said she had come to the conclusion that Piniata’s emotional state after losing her brother had been contributing factor to her behaviour on the day of the incident. 

Piniata will be recalled on the assault charge if she is convicted on any other charge within a nine-month period.

Sepataio Nicholas, Benjamin George Vakatini and Renae Metuariki appeared on drink-driving charges.

A bench warrant was ordered for Nicholas’ arrest after he failed to appear in court. 

Vakatini entered a plea of not guilty and defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen sought a call over adjournment until May 7. Metuariki appeared on charges of exceeding the legal blood-alcohol limit and careless driving causing injury. Defence counsel Mark Short sought an adjournment until May 14 to give him time to to review the case.

Tukiongo Wright, Tangirere Williams and Bishop Bailey faced charges of careless driving.

Wright will reappear on May 14 and will be represented by defence counsel Brian Mason. Disclosure documents were requested by the defendant. 

Continuing with his previous plea of not guilty, William will reappear for call over on May 7 to set a date for a defended hearing.

Bailey’s case was adjourned until April 23 to allow more time for his counsel to review the case. 

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