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Drinking proves costly for drivers

Friday June 05, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

Six traffic related cases were brought before the High Court and Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro on Thursday May 28.

 

Ngatokoroa Rimamotu pleaded guilty to exceeding the legal breath alcohol limit. He was convicted and fined $350 plus $30 court costs, and had his driver’s licence disqualified for 12 months.

Tuma Mataiti appeared on charges of exceeding the breath alcohol limit and contempt of court. He pleaded guilty on the breath alcohol charge and was fined $400 plus $30 court costs with a 12 month disqualification of his driver’s licence. Mataiti tested at 1030mg of alcohol per litre of breath and the benchmark for an excess of 1000mg usually warranted a $500 fine. However the amount was reduced because it was Mataiti’s first offence. The fact that he was unemployed was also taken into consideration. The contempt of court charge resulted in a six-month suspended sentence after defence counsel Rasmussen explained that Mataiti had been unsure of his bail conditions and had not realised he was doing anything wrong.

 Luther Zainey was convicted and fined $300 plus $30 court costs with a 12 month disqualification of driving after pleading guilty to drink-driving. Zainey tested at 760mg of alcohol per litre of breath.

John Trego appeared on a charge of refusing to undergo a breath test. Due to his defence counsel being involved in other court matters and because disclosure documents were still outstanding, an adjournment was granted until June 4.

Tangirere Williams appeared on a charge of careless driving. Defence counsel Rasmussen sought an adjournment until June 11 as he was awaiting disclosure documents.

Angela Taoro appeared on a charge of careless driving causing injury. Defence counsel Mark Short saidthat there are still a few anomalies in the case that needed clarification, and sought an adjournment until June 18.

Pita Turangasau Suraki appeared on a charge of resisting police arrest. His defence counsel Rasmussen sought an adjournment as he was still awaiting disclosure from the police. Suraki was released on bail and will reappear on July 2.

Teatuaveroa Tuakanangaro appeared on a charge of assaulting a female. An adjournment was sought by his newly-appointed defence counsel Rasmussen until June 11, to enable him to review the case and discuss it further with his client.

Paul Napa appeared on a call over on a charge of common assault. Defence counsel Mark Short said he had only just received disclosure and needed further time to look into the case. Napa will reappear on June 4.

Taputu Hoflich failed to appear on a charge of assaulting a female and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Defence counsel Brian Mason said he was unsure of the reason for Hoflich’s non-appearance.

Maranatha Turua opted to represent herself when she appeared on a charge of common assault.A defended hearing was scheduled for September 9.

Mahuroda Akatapuria pleaded gulity to a charge of assaulting a female. Sentencing was scheduled for June 25 and a probation report ordered.

Teuatabo Ariu was granted an adjournment until June 11 on two charges of being unlawfully found on premises, and entering with intent. Defence counsel Rasmussen told the court he needed more time to review the case.

Joseph Wichman appeared on a charge of theft. His defence counsel Mark Short sought an adjournment until June 18 as he was waiting for disclosure documents.

Vaikaloa Taufahema appeared on two charges of entering with intent and receiving. An adjournment was scheduled by defence counsel Mason until June 11 to give him time to discuss the charges with police. Mason made an application to the court for the removal of Taufahema’s bail conditions, saying they had no relevance to the charges. However, an objection from Police Prosecutor Fairoa Tararo resulted in the application being denied. 

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