No bail for accused

Friday March 02, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

The public gallery of the Cook Islands High Court was full yesterday morning, as the alleged perpetrator of the stabbing that occurred in Taputapuatea on February 10 appeared before Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi.

Christian Temaru Goodwin was originally charged with one count of wounding with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.  However, he now faces three charges of wounding with intent. No pleas were entered.

Goodwin’s defence counsel, David McNair, only learned of the additional two charges yesterday morning. He said in court that he had not received “a single bit of paper” from the police in relation to his client’s charges. Goodwin has been remanded in custody since February 10. His counsel said he had lost his job and accommodation as a result of the alleged offences and ongoing investigation. Goodwin requested bail, with his lawyer claiming he had suitable accommodation available on the island of Penryhn.

He also added that his client did not hold a current passport and he was therefore not a flight risk. However, prosecution argued that there was “significant tension within the community” and that granting bail was likely to add to the tension. They also cited the seriousness of the alleged offending as being another reason to deny bail.

JP Manarangi returned after a brief recess and denied bail. Goodwin is to be remanded in custody until his next hearing, before a visiting judge.

Justice Potter arrives on the island on March 9, staying for two weeks. It is likely the case will be heard before her within that time period.

            - Liam Ratana

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