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Man gets benefit of the doubt

Tuesday February 28, 2017 Written by Published in Crime

A man was given the “benefit of the doubt’’ when he appeared in the Cook Islands High Court last week.


Rex Tangimetua Karati appeared before Justice of Peace Bernice Manarangi for his sentencing on a charge of assault with intent to injure.

Defence counsel Norman George said during a party the defendant reacted when the victim said some words to him in regards “to killing a man with a gun’’. The court heard the defendant and the victim began to throw punches at each other, disrupting the party and when the victim walked away to start his bike the defendant threw a stick at him.

George said he threw the stick in anger.  The victim was then taken to hospital, but was discharged that same night.

The court heard both probation service and prosecution recommended 12-months probation. George said Karati was a first-time offender and, as noted in the probation report, Karati was a good person and a good family man.

Manarangi said due to the defendant’s early guilty plea, and for appearing in the High Court for the first time, the court would give him the benefit of the doubt although he would return to court if he didn’t behave for six months.

She convicted and ordered Karati to pay $50 court costs.