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Visiting judge to hear burglary charges

Saturday May 09, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

Four dishonesty cases were brought before Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi at the High Court in Avarua on April 30.

Robert Young appeared on four charges of burglary. Young pleaded guilty to two of the charges, but not guilty to the remaining two. A sentencing date was scheduled for May 22 before visiting judge Justice Dame Judith Potter. 

Tania Gloria Finn appeared on a single charge of theft as a servant. Defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen sought an adjournment to allow time for him to review the case, which he described as ‘rather complex’. Finn will reappear on May 28. 

Daniel Akama appeared on a charge of being unlawfully found on premises. Defence counsel Mark Short sought an adjournment due to disclosure not yet being received. Senior Police Prosecutor Fairoa Tararo requested that Akama be placed into custody until his next hearing. The request was based on Akama’s past convictions and the fact that further charges were in the process of being laid against him.

Short sought approval for a bail application to be considered due to Akama’s employment. JP Manarangi approved bail with curfew and residential conditions. Vaikaloa Taufahema appeared on a charge of receiving. Acting on behalf of defence counsel Brian Mason, Rasmussen submitted an application for Taufahema’s release. However Tararo recommended Taufahema should remain in custody,JP Manarangi agreed - and bail was denied.

Paul Napa, Katarina Margaret Marama, Mahutaariki Adamu and Turi Natini all appeared on charges of assault.

Napa entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of common assault. A call over was scheduled for May 28 to set a date for a defended hearing. 

Katarina Margaret Marama and Mahutaariki Adamu appeared on individual charges of common assault. Defence counsel Mark Short sought an adjournment until May 7 as discussions regarding applications for diversion were continuing. 

Turi Natini appeared on a single charge of indecent assault. Defence counsel Short sought an adjournment until May 28 on the grounds that he had only just received disclosure and needed to time to review the case file.

Lydia Ngapare, Naukui Nimeti, Ngatokorua Hewett, Marcelo Rairoa, Vaike Potoru, Tuma Mataiti and Ngatokorua Rimamotu, all faced drink-driving charges.

Ngapare was convicted and fined $350 plus $30 court costs and had her driver’s licence disqualified for 12 months after being tested with 710mg of alcohol per litre of breath, while 

Nimeti was convicted and fined $200 plus $30 court costs with a driving licence disqualification of 12 months. A breath test revealed 450mg of alcohol.

Hewett was convicted and fined $400 plus $30 court costs with a driving licence disqualification of 12 months after being tested with 850mg of alcohol per litre of breath. Rairoa was convicted and fined $300 plus $30 court costs, had his driver’s licence disqualified for 12 months and was ordered to attend alcohol counselling or workshops provided by the Rotaianga Mens Group as directed. 

Potoru was convicted and fined $400 plus $30 court costs with a driving licence disqualification of 12 months after being tested with 810mg of alcohol per litre of breath. 

Mataiti appeared on charges of exceeding the breath alcohol limit and contempt of court. Defence counsel Rasmussen sought an adjournment until May 14 as Mataiti had been off the island and more time was needed to review the case. Bail conditions were continued. Rimamotu was granted an adjournment to allow him time to seek legal advice. He did not enter a plea and an adjournment was set for May 14. 

Tere Jnr Mare was convicted and fined $50 plus $30 court costs after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while disqualified. Defence counsel Mark Short told the court the charge had come about as the result of a misunderstanding, as Mare thought that after serving six months of his disqualification term that he was allowed to drive again. 

Angela Kelani Tuaine Taoro appeared on a charge of careless driving causing bodily injury. Defence counsel Mark Short sought an adjournment based on the fact that he had just received disclosure form police. He said anomalies in the case required more time for revision. Taoro will reappear on May 28.

Kaveao Mathew Kaveao appeared on a charge of contempt of court. Defence counsel Mark Short sought an adjournment until May 7 to give him time to review disclosure documents, which he had only just been received. 

Temotu Arioka entered a plea of guilty to a charge of contempt of court. A sentencing date has been set for August 12, where he will also appear on other charges.

Counsel Short applied to have the curfew condition removed from Arioka’s bail as he said it was irrelevant to the nature of the charge. However JP Manarangi declined the application and the curfew remains. 

Paul Tereapii Akava, Roland Parcon, Danny Cook, Kenneth Tiro, Rimaati Pokoina, and Henry Wolfgang Wachter were all granted partial driving licenses for work purposes.  

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