Drink-driving charges cost man $300

Wednesday December 23, 2015 Written by Published in Crime

Twenty four criminal cases were brought before the High Court and Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams on Thursday December 17.

 

Briante Bruno was convicted on two charges of exceeding the breath alcohol limit while driving, and driving while disqualified. 

On the latter charge, Bruno was fined $50 plus $30 court costs with a further 12 months’ driving disqualification to follow his current one. The charges of driving with excess breath alcohol resulted in a fine of $300 plus $30 court costs.

Michael Brown appeared on two charges of contempt of court and one charge of assaulting a female. Due to insufficient evidence, the charge of assaulting a female was dismissed. However, Brown was convicted and fined $50 plus $30 court costs on the first contempt charge and the same amount for the second.

Elizabeth Matapo appeared on a charge of aiding and abetting. An adjournment until March 3, 2016 was sought to allow time for her counsel Wilkie Rasmussen time to review the case.

Asaile Vunibaka appeared on a charge of assaulting a female. Vunibaka pleaded not guilty and a defended hearing will be held on March 3, 2016.

Sepataio Nicholas appeared on three charges of driving while disqualified and one charge of careless driving causing bodily injury. His defence counsel Norman George sought an adjournment until February 25, 2016 to allow him time to review the case.

Andrew George appeared on a single charge of assaulting a female. A guilty plea was entered through his counsel Mark Short and a sentencing date was set for January 28, 2016. A probation report has been ordered.

Kevin Alan Isimeli appeared on a charge of assaulting a female. Both the defendant and victim were in court and a request was made for the charges to be dropped. Police prosecutor Fairoa Tararo reminded the court that the Cook Islands Police Service had a “no drop” policy for all cases.

A recommendation was made by defence counsel Mark Short that both Isimeli and his wife should undergo counselling with Punanga Tauturu if required. After lengthy deliberation, JP Williams dismissed the charge without conviction.

Tai Tekopua appeared on a charge of assaulting a female. Defence counsel Short sought an adjournment until February 4, 2016 to give him time to discuss the case further with his client.

Jonathan Elisa appeared on a charge of burglary. Due to insufficient time to review disclosure, his defence counsel Mark Short requested an adjournment until January 28, 2016. Bail conditions are to continue.

Ngatupuna Moeroa Taana Teinakitama appeared on a single charge of burglary.

Defence counsel Short said he had only just received disclosures and requested an adjournment until January 28, 2016 before entering a plea. An application was made for the curfew condition to be lifted due to his new place of employment. However, police prosecutor Tararo opposed the request, which was denied.

Teokotai Pemberton appeared on two charges of assaulting a female and assaulting on a child. Defence counsel George sought an adjournment until February 25, 2016 to review the case.

Taputu Tuaine Teokotai Nigel Hoeflich appeared on a charge of common assault. His newly appointed defence counsel, Mark Short, asked for an adjournment until February 4, 2016 as he had just received the case and needed time to discuss the case with his client.

Trevor Tiro appeared on two charges of exceeding the breath alcohol limit while driving a motor vehicle and breaching his probationary conditions. His newly-appointed counsel Mark Short sought an adjournment until February 4, 2016 to allow him time to review the case.

Anna Akaroa was convicted and fined $50 plus $30 court costs after pleading guilty to a a charge of careless driving. The court instructed prosecution to refer the matter to the civil court if the victim to pursue reparations for their damaged vehicle.

Iobu Pereeti appeared on a single charge of burglary. He did not enter a plea and requested time to seek legal counsel. An adjournment was set for February 4, 2016.

Teikamata Pareanga appeared on a charge of driving while disqualified. The case was adjourned until February 4, 2016.

Seth Love appeared on a call over for his charge of common assault.

A guilty plea was entered and a further adjournment for sentencing was granted until January 28, 2016. A probation report was ordered.

Touzelle Jillian Wilson appeared on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol.

 His defence counsel, Mike Mitchell, sought an adjournment until January 28, 2016 to allow him time to review the case.

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