Alfred William sat among his family, before he was called to stand before the Justice of the Peace. He appeared before Justice of the Peace, John Whitta, for a charge of assault with intent to injure.
Defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen said there was no clear evidence that William is the perpetrator for the serious charge.
Rasmussen explained that the case is a matter in regards to a feud, where William was alleged to have hit the victim with a bottle.
Rasmussen, who entered a not guilty plea for his client, said there was no evidence of anyone seeing his client committing the offence.
He explained that there was conflicting evidence. Someone had apparently seen blood on the head of the victim before William had even arrived at the scene.
Rasmussen said his client resides and works in New Zealand and came to Rarotonga to visit family in Penrhyn. He further explained that William could not attend to the family occasion in Penrhyn, as there had been no ship traveling to the island. Rasmussen advised that he would make an application to the court requesting for his client to be allowed to return to New Zealand due to his work commitments. He said he would make sure William returned to Rarotonga for further court proceedings.