Assaults top court charges

Friday August 12, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

Thirty-six matters were brought before Justice of the Peace John Whitta in the Cook Islands High Court on August 11.


Matters involved assaults on females, burglary, theft, drink-driving related charges, common assault, rape and fighting in a public place.

Topping the cases brought before the court this week were assault charges, which totalled 13, There were also two cannabis-related charges.

On a cannabis charge Jacob Jimmoi Berg was represented by lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen who said he was not ready to enter any plea. Rasmussen told the court it was the first time Berg had appeared in court formally as he had been brought before the court on the same day he was arrested. Rasmussen said he recognised the seriousness of the offence but requested a month’s adjournment until the police prosecution was ready to provide disclosures.

Berg is currently on bail with the condition to surrender his passport and report to the police station once a week.

Fred Ariu appeared on a charge of refusing to undergo a breathalyser test.

Ariu pleaded not guilty and will appear for a court hearing on October 18 at midday. He is also represented by defence counsel Rasmussen.

Alan Nanai appeared charged with assaulting a female and assaulting a child and his case was en adjourned to August 18.

Nanai’s case is set to be reviewed and discharged as he and the complainant are reconciling.

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