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Assault earns five months’ jail

Tuesday November 07, 2017 Written by Published in Crime

A man described as a recidivist offender was convicted and sentenced to five months in prison during last week’s criminal court session.


Tangimetua Christopher Kapi appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta in the Avarua High Court on, November 2. He was represented by defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen.

Kapi pleaded guilty to all three charges on October 5, but sentencing was adjourned till the start of November to allow time for a probation report to be completed.

He was charged with assault on a female and two counts of contempt of court, the latter relating to previous offending.

Assault on a female carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for up to two years.

In his submissions, Police Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Fairoa Tararo told the court that convicting the defendant would act as a deterrent for other people to repeatedly offend.

The police summary highlighted Kapi’s history of similar offending. This was cited as an aggravating factor in the most recent assault, and alcohol had also been involved.

The court was told that in 2011 Kapi, then 30, appeared in the Avarua High Court on a charge of common assault. At the time, Justice of the Peace Tui Short convicted him but he was not charged. Kapi was then told that if he reoffended within six months he would have to reappear in court for sentencing.

The court was told the defendant had been before the court on a similar charge in 2004.

Kapi was convicted and sentenced to five months’ imprisonment and ordered to serve 12 months under probation supervisions upon his release from prison.

Whitta told him that his 12 months’ probation would be governed by conditions which meant he would not be allowed to consume or purchase alcohol, or enter any liquor licensed premises such as nightclubs.

The JP also told Kapi that he would have to attend any counselling or workshops ordered by probation services.