Guilty pleas, after three years

Friday April 03, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

A man has finally admitted to drugs charges after three long years of repeated legal tussles and delays in court.


Ordain Tutakiao has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a utensil, two counts of contempt of court and one count of possession of cannabis.

However, defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen has requested another adjournment as Tutakiao remained undecided on his plea for another charge of possession of a utensil.

Rasmussen said his client also did not understand the charge of failing to stop to ascertain and render assistance and dangerous driving causing injury.

He said, the incident in question, according to his client, involved him being in the same vehicle with his mama and papa.

Another charge, of assault on a female, involved the young woman Teaumetau Araipu who was recently sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. Tutakiao had said he did not assault Araipu, his former partner.

Rasmussen said according to a psychological report from Dr Evangelene Daniela-Wong, Tutakiao was currently fit to stand trial, and so he was ready to enter pleas to some charges.

Justice of the Peace John Whitta adjourned the matter to April 16 giving more time for the defendant to enter pleas to the other matters.

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