Assault, fighting-accused in court

Friday August 21, 2015 Written by MS Published in Crime

Twenty-five people appeared in the High Court before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams on Thursday August 13.

Teina Simiona Ataera, Strickland Tetevano, Ngametua Tiatoa, Andrew Remuera, George Taraare, Seremaia Labaibure and Trevor Tiro all appeared on charges of assaulting a female. 

Devron Aererua, Michael Tutaka, Morgan Kimiora A Wichman and James Junior Morrison Kiriau faced charges of fighting in a public place, while Paul Napa appeared on a charge of common assault.

Natasha Iro was charged with injuring with intent with Pita Suraki Turangasau facing a number of charges starting from resisting arrest, obscene language, failed to provide particulars and assaulting an officer. 

Ataera received a suspended six month sentence. Ataera. who was represented by defence counsel Mark Short, was warned that if he was to appear before the court for whatever reason within those six months, the assault charge will be called again for criminal conviction.

Tetevano was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and was forbidden from entering any liquor licenced premises and consuming or purchasing alcohol during this time. He was also fined $20 reparation and $30 court costs.

All of the remaining cases were adjourned due to defence counsels requiring more time to review their cases.

Ngatokorua Haurua, Angela Taoro and Mahara Nicholas all appeared on traffic-related charges. 

Haurua faced a charge of careless driving, but his case was dismissed without conviction. Taoro faced a charge of careless driving causing bodily harm and Nicholas faced two charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing death and driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury. 

Both cases were adjourned for call over within the next couple of weeks. 

Solomone Taufahema faced two charges of unlawfully found  and burglary,  Fred Ariu  faced a charge of being unlawfully found on premises, while  Teuatabo Ariu appeared on two charges of unlawfully found and entering with intent while Lydia Jonson appeared to face her fate on her single theft charge. Their cases were adjourned until a  later date based on the defendants’ individual circumstances. 

Micheal Brown appeared with defence counsel Brian Mason on a charge of contempt of court. Mason requested disclosure documents from police and sought an adjournment for two weeks. 

Kaveao Kaveao also appeared on a charge of contempt of court. However newly-appointed defence counsel Mark Short’s request for more time to become acquainted with the case was sought and approved 

Talimealahi Tuileila appeared on a charge of breaching his probation conditions, without representation. Tuileila sort an adjournment to allow him time to review his options. 

Teokotai Taruia continues to remain in custody due to the delay in his medical report being presented to court. Taruia still faces nine charges.

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