Tourism boss ‘should never have been charged’

Saturday July 25, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

A tourism operator has had assault charges against him withdrawn.

He was alleged to have battered his elderly mother, but she was present in the High Court to support Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi’s decision to drop the case.

Defence lawyer Mark Short said it had been a long journey for the family and the case should not have been brought to the court in the first place.

The alleged incident happened during a tourism show where the operator’s mother was offended by a comment made by one of the tourists, she had lashed out during the show and the son had tried to calm her.

He was however arrested by police when he had called them to calm his mother.

The elderly woman did not have any bruises or injuries and the operator is her sole caretaker.

It was an emotional moment in court this week. JP Manarangi wrote the final court decision agreeing to have the charges withdrawn and the case dismissed.

Police refused a diversion of the case in May this year.

JP Manarangi reiterated her advice to the operator to continue to look after his mum.

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