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Theft leads to conviction

Tuesday March 08, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

TRAVEL Tuainekore Tei was convicted and ordered to appear court for sentencing in six months if called upon, when he appeared for sentencing in the Rarotonga High Court on a charge of theft on February 23.

 

He was also ordered to pay court fees of $30.

Tei appeared before Justices of the Peace Carmen Temata, Bernice Manarangi and Georgina Williams.

His defence counsel, Wilkie Rasmussen said it was a case of another young person “falling off the rails in life.”

Rasmussen described Tei as “a well brought up boy.” He said the 19 year old was working at an island business and earning about $300 a week.

“When he was in school, he was very good at agriculture and sports - and that secured him a job. “However this particular offence is described as out of character for someone that the community looks highly upon, and I say this because I have some letters from Atiu (residents) who are ready to vouch for him and show their support,” Rasmussen said.

The court heard Tei had stolen items worth $279.20 but had returned most of them before using them. The items included two fishing lines, water tube torch, batteries, masks, spear guns and tinned food.

Senior Police Prosecutor Fairoa Tararo submitted that the defendant should serve 12 months probation, attend workshops as directed by Probation Services and repay $55 for tinned  goods that had not been returned.

JP Temata noted it was Tei’s first charge and that he had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.