Woman guilty of abandoning child

Friday May 10, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

A foreign worker has pleaded guilty to a charge of abandoning a child in Matavera, Rarotonga, last year will be sentenced next week by Judge Judith Potter.

 

The woman appeared before Justice of Peace Carmen Temata in the Cook Islands High Court yesterday where she entered the plea through her defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen.

It is alleged that on November 17 the woman abandoned a child under the age of 6 in Matavera.

Rasmussen said through discussions with the defendant and others involved in the matter they decided to enter a guilty plea and have applied for an interim name suppression until the Judge Potter sentencing.

Crown Law’s representative Kathy Bell did not object to Rasmussen’s request and asked that a probation report be prepared.

JP Temata granted the application made by Rasmussen and ordered that the report be prepared two days before sentencing.

The sentencing date is to be confirmed by the court registrar.

In other matters, Samuela Mataroa entered guilty pleas to the charges of one count of defrauding revenue of Customs and one count of erroneous declaration.

Mataroa, who was advised to seek legal counsel, told the court that he wished to represent himself.

It is alleged that on November 3 last year at Panama in Nikao, Mataroa was an arriving passenger who failed to declare tobacco in excess of the duty-free allowance.

It is also alleged that on the same day, Mataroa failed to declare tobacco for the purpose of avoiding payment of duty or full duty of the goods.

Revenue Management’s legal counsel Fraser Hawkins said the defendant would be sentenced before Judge Potter next week.

JP Temata adjourned the matter for sentencing and ordered that a probation report be ready two days before sentencing.

The sentencing date is to be confirmed by the court registrar.

In another Customs matter, Course Neiao appeared on a charge of one count of a prohibited import and one count of erroneous declaration.

Neiao pleaded guilty through his legal counsel Mark Short.

He is also to be sentenced before Judge Potter and a sentencing date is to be confirmed by the court registrar.

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