21 cases heard last week

Thursday February 04, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

Twenty one criminal cases were brought before the High Court and Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams last Thursday January 28 when she made the following judgments:

 

Teinakore Taere appeared on a charge of common assault. Her defence counsel Norman George said that Taere was in the process of applying for the diversion programme with the police and therefore required more time. An adjournment was set for February 25.

Joanne Teresa Bevine failed to appear on a charge of excess breath alcohol. Her defence counsel David McNair appeared on her behalf to explain her absence. An adjournment was approved until February 25 to allow Bevine to return to court to proceed with her case.

Heimana Lescester Romaire Juronia Rongo Raea through his counsel Charles Petero entered a plea of guilty to a single charge of fighting in a public place. Counsel Petero sought lenience by the court due to the situation being of a minor issue. Justice of the Peace Williams after reviewing the details of the case ordered that Raea be discharged without conviction however be dismissed on a stern warning to avoid situations like this in future.

Bobby-Ryan Hansen failed to appear on a charge of fighting in a public place. His defence counsel Norman George appeared on his behalf to seek approval of the court for a defended hearing before a single JP. Court granted the adjournment until March 30.

Seth Love appeared for sentencing for a single charge of common assault. His defence counsel Brian Mason appeared on his behalf and said that Love presents no resistance to accepting full responsibility for his action. Mason said there were two contributing factors to the cause of his actions, due to being on medication at the time and the victim associating with the wrong crowd resulting to the situation escalating. Acknowledgement was made that Love does have a history of violence, however was remorseful and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. Love was convicted, fined $200 plus $30 court costs plus a reparation amount of $20 for the presented medical report.

Argus Setyobudi appeared on a charge of importation of a class A drug. Senior Crown Prosecutor Allison Forbes sought an adjournment until March 31 to allow time to collate all relevant documentation and information on the case and to allow Setyobudi’s defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen time to review disclosures and for bail conditions to continue.

Touzelle Jillian Wilson appeared on two charges of careless driving and excess breath alcohol. Through her defence counsel Mike Mitchell a plea of not guilty was submitted for both charges. An adjournment until March 29 was set for a defended hearing.

Claire Suzanne Wilson appeared on a single charge of excess blood alcohol. Through her defence counsel Mike Mitchell a plea of not guilty was submitted for both charges. An adjournment until March 29 was set for a defended hearing.

Keith Christian failed to appear when called upon for a single charge of common assault. His defence counsel Mike Mitchell appeared on his behalf. Due to his absence an adjournment was sought until March 29 to allow them time to review the case and to discuss a way forward with his client.

Afeleti Iona appeared for sentencing on a charge of common assault. His defence counsel Charles Petero saoid that technically this was his first appearance as the previous charge was dismissed without conviction and should not be considered in this instance. After all facts were reviewed, JP Williams made her judgement of a suspended sentence for a period of six months with a fine of $30 court costs to be paid to the court. 

Teokotai Taruia while in custody appeared on call over for six charges of burglary, two charges of unlawfully found and two charges of contempt of court. His defence counsel Brian Mason confirmed that the process is still to be finalised and therefore requested an adjournment until May 15.

Joshua Koteka while in custody appeared on a call over for a charge of assaulting a female. Police prosecutor Fairoa Tararo presented a medical report furnished by Dr. Fariu to the court recommending that Koteka be remanded back into custody where further medical treatment can be assessed and administered. Koteka will return to court on April 21 for call over.

Angela Kalani Tuaine Taoro failed to appear when called upon for her charge of careless driving causing bodily injury. Her defence counsel Mark Short confirmed that there are still a lot of anomalies to the case and requires senior police assistance. Counsel Short requested for an adjournment until February 18 to continue their process with the police.

Exham George failed to appear on a charge of theft. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Ngarouru Ina Nooroa failed to appear when called upon for his charge of assaulting with intent to injure. His defence counsel Mark Short apologised to the court as there was a communication breakdown and this was the reason for his client’s non appearance. Court accepted the apology and adjourned the case until February 4.

Andrew George appeared for sentencing on a charge of assaulting a female. After submissions from his defence counsel Mark Short it was decided that due to the mitigating factors and the overall facts of the case, the appropriate sentence would be that of a suspended sentence for six months and for George to pay court costs of $30. JP Williams stressed to George that irrespective of the suspension, behaviour of this nature would not be condoned. However she said she did sympathise that the assault stemmed from being provoked but in no way acceptedviolence in any form.  JP Williams commended George for taking the intiative to seek counselling and strongly recommended his partner to join him.

Luther Zainey was convicted and fined $100 plus $30 court cost for a charge of failing to stop on demand. He was also convicted and fined $100 plus $30 court costs for a charge of driving while disqualified. He was also convicted and fined $300 plus $30 court case plus a disqualification of his driver’s licence for a further 12 months to start after his current disqualification period. JP Williams told Zainey that his job issues should not be the basis of his lack of respect for the law. His defence counsel Mark Short conveyed his client’s apology for his actions and believed it to have been a bad error of judgment on Zainey’s behalf.

Matauti Tokanoa Lester Aerepo Jnr Tipoki appeared on a charge of receiving stolen goods. His defence counsel Mark Short confirmed he had just received disclosure and required more time to review the case. An adjournment was set for February 18.

Tairi Miria appeared for sentencing on a charge of wilful damage. Due to a case technicality prosecution sought an adjournment until February 18 to allow time to complete their findings.

Ngatupuna Moeroa Taana Teinakitama appeared on a charge of burglary. A plea of guilty was entered through his defence counsel Mark Short. An adjournment before a three JP panel was requested and a probation report ordered. Teinakitama will reappear for sentencing on February 23.

Danny Vakapora was convicted and fined $300 plus $30 court costs plus reparation costs of $150 to the court. A disqualification of his driver’s licence was also imposed for a period of 12 months after entering a plea of guilty to a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol.       -  SM 

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