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Man on drunk charge couldn’t recall offence

Tuesday October 31, 2017 Written by Published in Crime

Minor offences and traffic infringements dominated proceedings at Wednesday’s criminal court session in the Avarua High Court last week.

 

Peter Tiare Ngatuakana appeared in court charged with using obscene language, and being drunk in a public place.

Appearing unrepresented, the defendant told the court he “didn’t remember what happened,” after which chuckles could be heard from around the court room.

Whitta advised the local man of his right to seek legal counsel, and adjourn the matter, however Ngatuakana said that he simply wanted to “get it over and done with”.

Police Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Fairoa Tararo told the court Ngatuakana had been found intoxicated outside the Rehab nightclub.

The defendant had been denied entry in to the club due to his high level of intoxication, and had begun cursing and directing obscene language at the nightclub’s security staff and other employees.

The defendant was then arrested and charged.

After hearing the summary of facts, the defendant entered a plea of guilty to both charges.

Whitta said anyone who committed the offence of using obscene language was liable to a term of imprisonment of up to six months and a fine not exceeding $50.

The charge of being drunk in a public place carried a term of imprisonment of up to one month and a fine not exceeding $20.

He convicted and fined Ngatuakana $50 for using obscene language, and $20 for “public drunkenness”, plus $50 court costs on each charge for a total fine of $170.

Ngatuakana was advised to consider his alcohol consumption and was then stood down.