Careless driving tops court matters

Tuesday April 23, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Thirty-one people appeared in the Cook Islands High Court before Justice of Peace John Whitta last Thursday.


Careless driving topped the list of court matters followed by assault on a female.

Six were new court matters that included driving related charges, fighting in a public place and being unlawfully found.

Tini Maruhi appeared before JP Whitta for the charge of rape.

Maruhi was represented by defence counsel Mark Short.

Crown Law advised that a plea was to be entered yesterday, however upon further discussion with defence counsel, they agreed to have the matter moved to the High Court Judge sitting next month.

Short said this was a serious matter, that had been before the court twice. He said he has been in contact with witnesses in New Zealand and the matter needed further review.

Short said there was great need to review the case because the defendant was a young man.

“The lady is from overseas, much older than him. If this matter can be set to another date, I am hoping to also have a plea by then. It is difficult to deal with those who reside in overseas.”

JP Whitta said it has been four months since the charge was laid and a plea must be entered.

He adjourned the matter to the judge sitting next month whereby the court registrar was to set a date.

Wilfred Dauvois has had his case transferred to a High court Judge sitting next month.

Dauvois is charged with one count of rape, assault on a female and careless driving.

He is represented by defence counsel Norman George and no plea was taken.

A date has yet to be set by the court registrar to confirm which day Dauvois will appear before the judge.

Course Neio appeared on a charge of prohibited import and erroneous declaration. He is represented by Mark Short.

Short asked for an adjournment to review the disclosure and seek further instruction from his client.

JP Whitta adjourned the matter to May 9 where pleas are expected to be entered.

On another customs matter, Samuela Mataroa appeared for a charge for erroneous declaration and a charge of defrauding revenue of Customs.

Customs legal lawyer said this was a first call on the matter and advised that the accused is given time to seek legal representation.

Disclosure was provided to Mataroa earlier and JP Whitta adjourned the matter to May 9.

John Solomona appeared on a charge of being unlawfully found, resisting police, refusing a blood specimen and dangerous driving.

This was a new matter brought before the court and the defendant was represented by defence counsel Norman George.

George requested for an adjournment stating he was yet to receive disclosure.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo did not object and advised that disclosure would be sorted out.

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