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Monday November 04, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Hefty fine for excess alcohol

 A man who exceeded the alcohol limit for driving has been convicted and fined $450 by the High Court.


George Paara admitted to a charge of excess breath alcohol before Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said at 1.30pm on October 27, the defendant was driving on the Ngatangiia public road when he was stopped by police.

Tararo said Paara told police that he had been drinking a few bottles of Steinlager from 11am that day.

However, upon a breathalyser test, the result was 1060 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

The court heard it was the defendant’s first appearance with no prior conviction.

JP Manarangi also fined Paara $50 for court cost and disqualified his driver’s licence for the next 12 months.


Man breaches probation five times

Junior Moeroa Tati appeared in court for breaching his probation five times.

Tati, who faces a charge of unlawful taking, will complete serving his term on another conviction on December 12.

He was convicted of a theft charge a year ago where he had to serve probation for 12-months.

Probation Services advised Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi that Tati has failed to see the summon for his breaches.

Probation stated that they would suggest a custodial sentence for Tati.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said, Tati’s current charge, if sentenced, would not be affected even if the probation terms ends in December.

Tati is currently charged with unlawful taking and the five counts of breaching probation. He is represented by defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen.

No plea has been entered.

The matter has been adjourned to December 12.


Dangerous driver fined

A female driver who crashed near the Rarotonga Airport earlier this month has been fined and convicted for dangerous driving and excess breath alcohol.

Ruta Ngatokorua appeared before Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi and admitted to the charges.

JP Manarangi advised her if she wanted to seek legal advice or continue with the case. She decided to take a plea.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said the offence took place on October 6 where Ngatokorua dangerously drove a red Toyota vehicle on the Nikao main road. 

He said the defendant was consuming alcohol at Arorangi and drove to Avatiu where she lost control of the steering wheel and crashed onto a fence near the airport.

Tararo said the breathalyser test showed Ngatokorua’s alcohol level was 410micrograms per litre of breath.

She was fined $200 for excess breath alcohol with $50 court cost and has been disqualified from driving or obtaining a drivers licence in the next 12 months.

For dangerous driving, she was fined $200 with $50 court cost.



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