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Adjournment for drink-driving case

Friday January 22, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

Eleven cases were brought before the High Court and Justice of the Peace John Kenning on Thursday January 7 and Georgina Williams on Thursday January 14.

 

Kaitara Nicholas appeared on a summons on a charge of exceeding the breath alcohol limit while driving a motor vehicle. His defence counsel Norman George sought an adjournment until February 4 to allow him time to discuss a way forward with Nicholas, as he had only just been retained as counsel.

The adjournment was granted and Nicholas remanded at large.

A court summons was issued to Edward Henry to appear on two charges of assaulting a female and common assault on a male.

Henry’s defence counsel George requested a two-week adjournment until February 4 to allow him time to review the case. Henry was released on bail on condition that he surrender his passport and not interfere with the victims.

Ngatokorua Tonorio appeared on a summons for two charges of refusing to undergo a breath test and driving while disqualified. Tonorio was represented by George who requested a two-week adjournment until February 4 as he had yet to receive disclosure. The defendant did not enter a plea.

Ronnie Reyes was convicted and fined $300 plus $30 court costs and was disqualified from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty a charge of exceeding the breath alcohol limit while driving.

Paani Vailoa also appeared on a charge of exceeding the breath alcohol limit. He did not enter a plea and an adjournment until February 4 was requested by his counsel, George.

John Pepe pleaded guilty to a charge of exceeding the breath alcohol limit. A sentencing date has been set for Thursday January 28.

Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams made the following judgements on defendants Terea Maruaau, Douglas Taripo, Napouao Benioni, Teaomua Anker and Andrew Tonorio.

Terea Maruaau appeared on two charges of theft and breaching his probationary conditions. An application was sought for Maruaau’s release from custody, which was granted with conditions. Maruaau was advised to spend time looking for a lawyer before returning to court on February 11. No plea was entered.

Douglas Taripo on the single charge of burglary. Due the fact that he did not have legal counsel or a place of residence in the community, Taripo was remanded back into custody until his next appearance on January 21. He was advised to seek legal advice.

Napouao Benioni appeared on a charge of cultivating cannabis. His defence counsel David MacNair sought for an adjournment until February 11 as he had yet to receive disclosures and required more time to discuss the case with his client.

Teaomua Anker was convicted and fined $300 plus $30 court costs and was disqualified from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to a charge of exceeding the breath alcohol limit.

Andrew Tonorio appeared on a charge of assaulting with intent to injure. His defence counsel, Norman George sought an adjournment until February 4 to allow him time to review the case. Tonorio was bailed at large.  - SM