Accused burglar remanded behind bars

Tuesday June 25, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

A young woman facing a burglary charge was remanded in custody after the court was told she had no known place of residence.

Police prosecution opposed bail, concerned that they would need to confirm where repeat offender Teaumetua Araipu would be living.

Defence lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen asked that Araipu be released on bail, so she could appear on July 4 without a plea instead of being kept behind bars.

“Before she was apprehended, she lived with a family for a year and has been out of trouble,” Rasmussen said.

The defendant was now in a relationship with a young man and needed to continue living life.

But the police prosecutor, senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo, said they opposed bail on the grounds that they needed confirmation of where she was expected to be residing.

“We need someone present in court to confirm her place of residence and contact before she can be released.”

Tararo said Araipu was a high-risk offender and this was not her first burglary charge.

Rasmussen said there was no issue with the residence of the defendant, but prosecution was arguing purely based on the defendant’s alleged offence.

He said it had been a year since her last court matter, and she was entitled under the Constitution to be bailed.

JP Manarangi refused bail and adjourned the matter to July 4.

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