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Drink driving, assault and dishonesty dealt with

Thursday June 25, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

TRAFFIC CASES

Six traffic related cases were brought before the High Court and Justice of the Peace Mata Nooroa and Carmen Temata last week.

 

The court made the following judgements:

Ngati Matapo and Aiske Fimone were charged with exceeding the legal limit of alcohol found in one’s breath.

Matapo was convicted and fined $400 plus $30 court costs with a disqualification of his driver’s licence for a period of 12 months after being caught with a total of 860mg of alcohol in his breath.

Fimone failed to appear in court for three individual charges of exceeding the legal limit of alcohol allowed in one’s breath, attempted burglary and contempt of court. His counsel Wilkie Rasmussen advised the court that he may be the reason for his client’s non-appearance, therefore no bench warrant was ordered, and an adjournment until June 25 was set.

Ngatokorua Haurua, Bishop Bailey, Apii Tangata and Angela Taoro all appeared on charges of careless driving.

Haurua with defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen sought an adjournment until July 30 to allow them more time to sort out a few outstanding issues in the case.

Bailey did not appear in court when called due to a mistake in appearance dates. However, his defence counsel Mark Short advised the court that the case is based on his client assaulting a police officer, however the police department wanted time to investigate and conduct a full review of the case before proceeding.

Tangata through his defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen entered a plea of not guilty to his single charge of careless driving. A call over adjournment has been set for July 30 to be able to set a defendant hearing date.

Taoro appeared on her charge of careless driving causing bodily harm. Her defence counsel Mark Brown sought an adjournment until August 13 as there is reason to believe the wrong person has been charged, therefore the Police are in the process of reinvestigating the case.

ASSAULT CASES

Andrew Remuera, Agostini Heather, Russel Potoru, Teariki Matenga, Christian Hosking, Aaron Pokino, Tuaine Zekaria, Teremoana Matai, Karika Tuake, Tute Monga, Taputu Hoeflich, Alan Heather, Paul Napa, Christopher Tangatakino and Okirua Robert Manuela all faced assault related charges which were brought before the High Court and Justice of the Peace Mata Nooroa and Carmen Temata on June 18.

Remuera and Heather appeared with their defence counsel David McNair on charges of fighting in a public place. No pleas were entered and both cases were adjourned until August 6 to allow time for disclosure documents to be furnished.

Potoru, Hosking, Pokino, Zekaria, Matai and Tuake all faced the same charges of fighting in a public place. With Mark Short representing all six defendants, no pleas were entered due to disclosure documents not being received. A community member of the village Titikaveka sought approval to address the court on their behalf. After his presentation, both Justices of the Peace concurred with the logic of the community member, however it was made clear that what the men did was wrong and for that, they must go through the system as per normal. All cases have been adjourned until August 6.

Monga appeared on a single charge of assaulting a female. He was convicted and sentenced to a six month suspended sentence with a stern order to apologize to the victim and family either verbally or written. Monga’s defence counsel Norman George volunteered to take Monga’s case pro-bono as a gesture of good faith. From what started off as a family meeting, ended up getting heated with unfortunate spur of the moment reactions, said George. However, the contributing mitigating factors that resulted the final sentencing was that an early plea was given at the first opportunity, this is his first appearance and he showed sincere remorse for his actions.

Hoeflich appeared for assaulting a female. Through his defence counsel Brian Mason a not guilty plea was entered. A defended hearing has been set for September 1 with a total of six witnesses.

A warrant of arrest was ordered for Alan Heather for failing to appear when called upon.

Napa, Tangatakino and Manuela appeared on charges of common assault.

Napa appeared with defence counsel Mark Short to seek an adjournment until August 6 as there are a few anomalies in the case.

Tangatakino was allowed an adjournment until July 2 to seek legal advice. No plea was entered.

Defence counsel Mark Short appeared on behalf of Okirua Manuela for his charge of common assault. As disclosure documents had just been received by counsel, an adjournment until June 25 was requested as there is difficulties identifying a positive way forward.

DISHONESTY CHARGES

Six cases of dishonesty were brought before the High Court and Justice of the Peace Mata Nooroa and Carmen Temata on June 18, where they made the following judgements:

Matauti Tipoki and Kristina Rieger appeared on charges of using a document fraudulently.

Tipoki faces three charges of using a document fraudulently. Defence counsel Mark Short explains how they are awaiting confirmation from the victim of payments made. An adjournment was sought until June 25 where a plea will be entered.

Rieger faces eight charges of using a document fraudulently. Defence counsel Mark Short explains how they are awaiting confirmation from the victim of payments made. An adjournment was sought until June 25 where a plea will be entered.

Iti o t era Matakino and Tehaamaru Soatini appeared on charges of unlawful taking.

Matakino through defence counsel Norman George sought an adjournment until June 25 as he needed another week to review the case.

Soatini entered a plea of guilty to his charge of unlawful taking. As this falls into the jurisdiction of a three JP judgement, a sentencing adjournment has been set for July 28 with a probation report ordered to be furnished.

James Ngatokoroa entered a plea of guilty to his charge of theft by finding. A probation report was requested and a sentencing date scheduled for July 28.

Daniel Akama while in custody appeared with his defence counsel Norman George on a charge of unlawfully found. Counsel confirms they are still awaiting disclosure and sought an adjournment until July 2. An application for bail was made, however declined based on the fact the defendant has no permanent place of residence. 

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