Another remand for ‘notorious’ burglar

Tuesday December 17, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

A man described as a notorious burglar has been remanded in custody for another week to get a legal representative.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo told Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata in the High Court last week that Japhet Manuel had been given an opportunity to get a lawyer but might need more time or organise this.

JP Temata said Manuel had to look for a lawyer himself.

However, lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen told the court that he had represented Manuel in the past and asked that police prosecution hand all disclosures to him.

Rasmussen said he would also need time to talk to Manuel.

Since Manuel’s arrest two weeks ago for a charge of entering with intent he has been denied bail.

In his first appearance, without revealing more information on the offence, sergeant Tararo said Manuel was known for his previous history of similar breaking and entering, as well as indecent assault.

He said the victim in this case was still in shock.

Sergeant Tararo said it was important that Manuel be kept in custody for another week due to the seriousness of the case.

Asked if the accused had been given a psychiatric assessment, Tararo said he had been in the past.

Manuel has previously been in jail for offences including entering with intent, being unlawfully found on property, attempted burglary and indecently assaulting a woman.

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