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EBA charges high in court

Monday April 15, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Forty-one people were listed to appear at the Cook Islands High Court last Thursday.


While some defendants did appear and bench warrants were ordered for their arrest, a number of people appeared on driving related matters, assault, theft and burglary. Cases included nine excess breath alcohol matters topping the list with contempt of court; six matters of assault on a female, careless driving, burglary, theft; four cases of common assault; three careless driving causing injury, driving while disqualified, possession of cannabis and dangerous driving charges; two excess blood alcohol, wilful damage matters followed by intent to obstruct police, assault on a child, false accounting, theft as a servant, threatening to kill, wounding with intent to injure, refusing EBA test, and obtaining under false pretence.

Court briefs:

Iorama Ngataua who is facing a charge of common assault and a charge of intentionally obstructing police will be sentenced on May 30.

Ngataua appeared before Justice of Peace Georgina Williams.

JP Williams said that on March 6 this year, the defendant obstructed a member of the police and earlier in the year on January 4, the defendant assaulted a man in Matavera.

Ngataua entered guilty pleas to both charges. A probation report has been ordered for his sentencing. The defendant was not represented by any legal counsel.

Ngatokorua Maka who has been charged with common assault also represented herself in the high court. It is alleged that Maka on January 6 this year assaulted another woman.

She entered a not guilty plea to the charge and JP Williams advised her to seek a legal representative as she would be having a defendant hearing. JP Williams ordered police prosecution to hand all disclosure to the defendant and adjourned the matter for hearing on June 5.

Edwin Nicholas appeared in the high court for a charge of assault on a female, common assault, dangerous driving and excess breath alcohol.

Nicholas was represented by defence counsel Norman George. He entered guilty pleas to all the charge and JP Williams adjourned the matter for sentencing before three Justices of the Peace on May 28.

Paul Matapo will appear for sentencing on May 28.

Matapo entered a guilty plea to an EBA charge. Defence counsel Mark Short requested a probation report to be prepared.

He said where Matapo works a driver’s licence is needed.

JP Williams adjourned the matter and ordered a probation report.