Busy day in court for JP

Friday August 10, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

Around 39 criminal cases were brought before Justice of the Peace John Whitta yesterday, including three custody and sentencing hearings.

Represented by lawyer Mark Short, Jonathan Elisa was facing sentencing on multiple charges, including theft, unlawful taking, dangerous driving, dealing with a document to defraud, two counts of assault on a female and four counts of contempt of court.

Represented by Wilkie Rasmussen, Trevor Tiro was also facing sentencing on multiple charges, including fighting in public, contempt of court, two counts of burglary and two counts of breach of probation.

And represented by Norman George, Matapo Oti was another facing sentencing on multiple charges, including two counts of breach of probation, four counts of driving while disqualified, and one of excess breath alcohol.

The other 36 cases, two of which were new matters, included charges ranging from performing an indecent act, assault on a female and assault on a police officer to careless driving and attempting to defeat the course of justice.

Four individuals faced charges of burglary and two were up on theft charges.

There were nine various kinds of assault charges being heard, as well as one for fighting in a public place and another for threatening to do grievous bodily harm.

There were also 17 driving-related offences to be heard, including five counts of driving while disqualified, four counts of driving with excess blood alcohol, three counts each of driving with excess breath alcohol and careless driving, and one count each of dangerous driving and refusing an evidential breath alcohol test.

Three individuals had chosen to represent themselves, variously facing charges of driving while disqualified, contempt of court and breaching a protection order.

There were also three individuals facing drug-related charges, including possession of drugs, possession of cannabis, and possession of a utensil for drug use.

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