Reoffender pleads for leniency

Tuesday June 04, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

A young man who has been remanded in police custody cried out seeking leniency at the High Court on Thursday.


Tereanu Teava appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta asking if the court could hold its decision as his mum was on her way.

Senior police prosecutor sergeant Fairoa Tararo asked the court that the defendant be held in custody as he continuously reoffends.

Tararo said Teava showed complete disregard for the law including court orders and was now facing a new charge of refusing excess breath alcohol and contempt of court.

Teava already faces charges of burglary, contempt and escaping police custody when he escaped from the police headquarters last month.

JP Whitta said the court could not wait for the defendant’s mother and he was lucky to have been allowed bail in the last court sitting.

He said the defendant continued to breach bail conditions when he was given chances.

He adjourned the matter to June 6.

In another custody matter, Paulo Teio has been advised to make a legal aid application to get a legal representative.

Teio is facing nine charges ranging from theft and burglary to EBA.

Sergeant Tararo said he is being held in custody due to frequently disobeying his bail conditions and failure to follow curfew.

An application form for legal aid was to be provided to the defendant by the court and the matter was adjourned to June 13.

In other matters, Iorama Ngataua was to be sentenced by JP Whitta.

However, sergeant Tararo advised the court that they needed more reports on the charges.

Ngataua had admitted to charges of common assault and intentionally obstructing police. He represented himself in court.

Sentencing has been adjourned to June 13.

Davi Tupou admitted to a charge of fighting in a public place on March 19 in Avarua.

JP Whitta advised him to seek legal counsel, however, Tupou did not wish to.

Sergeant Tararo suggested that Tupou be ordered to come up for sentencing after nine months.

JP Whitta ordered this and also ordered $50 court costs.

Gene Maxwell charged with joint burglary entered a guilty plea.

His lawyer Mark Short requested six weeks of adjournment as Maxwell was still undergoing counselling and needed a probation report.

The matter was adjourned for a call over on July 25 to confirm a sentencing date.

Edwin Mataio pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cannabis and his sentencing date is to be confirmed by the court registrar. He is to be sentenced before a judge.

On EBA matters:

Ngatokorua Viriaere appeared admitted to a charge of excess blood alcohol and careless driving.

Viriaere on May 17 careless drove a motorcycle and crashed on the backroad in Avarua. Police were notified and upon a EBA test he was over the legal limit with 994mg of alcohol per litre of blood.

He was fined $50 with $50 court costs for EBA and $150 for reparations of blood tests. He was also fined $50 with another $50 in court costs for careless driving. He is disqualified from driving for 12-months.

Tupopongi Kaimarama entered a guilty plea to EBA.

He was represented by defence counsel Mark Short.

Sergeant Tararo said on December 22, last year, at 8.23am the defendant drove a motorcycle in Nikao. He was stopped by police and upon a breathalyser test he was over the legal limit with 560 milligrams of alcohol per litre of breath.

He said Kaimarama refused to provide an explanation and it was his first appearance.

JP Whitta convicted him with a fine of $250, $50 court costs and 12-months disqualification of his driver’s licence. 

1 comment

  • Comment Link Brisbane Wednesday, 05 June 2019 07:51 posted by Brisbane

    Nanu you idiot!! *smh* Make good choices!!

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