High-flier’s identity is kept secret

Saturday August 22, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

One of the two people involved in an altercation a week ago has been given interim name suppression by the High Court.

The incident took place outside the Vaka Shed on August 15 after 2am, it escalated from yelling, arguments and bush knives being presented.

Two people were charged, the female accused is charged for carrying an offensive weapon in a public place while the male accused is charged with wounding with intent.

Police had earlier said that the incident occurred when a man tried to chase out a small group of people from the Vaka Shed beside Trader Jacks.

And another man who is alleged to have intervened received a cut to the forearm during the fight.

The male accused represented by Norman George was granted name suppression by Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams on the grounds of his job.

George argued that publishing his name would be detrimental to his employment and family and he had no previous convictions.

George said his client was protecting the canoeing shed that night.

He said the accused would be pleading not guilty and will be electing a judge and jury trial- but this trial won’t happen until 2021.

George also asked for a change in his client’s bail condition to allow him to travel to Mangaia for work purposes- this was granted by JP Williams.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo had not objected to the change in bail condition but did object on interim name suppression.

The case is adjourned to September 10.

The female accused is to appear on September 3.

According to a police report, the female accused had acted in retaliation against the man with a bush knife and got her own knife and came back to the scene but was apprehended by police before she could do anything. 

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