Judge to hear threatening to kill charge

Monday October 16, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Thursday’s criminal court session was shorter than usual. 17101522 Thursday’s criminal court session was shorter than usual. 17101522

Criminal court was a short affair last Thursday, with just 16 people appearing before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams in the Avarua High Court.

 

Four faced burglary charges, while another three were charged with breaching their probation and for common assault.

Nooroa Kakino, represented by defence counsel Norman George, appeared for sentencing at the opening of the day’s session on a charge of threatening to kill.

JP Williams told the court that the sentencing would instead be heard by a visiting judge in late November.

“Due to the nature of the charges and jurisdiction issues, the matter will appear before a judge in the November/ December session of the High Court,” Williams told the court.

Kakino has previously served time in the Arorangi Prison on similar charges. He was bailed and will appear again later this year.

Another recidivist offender also appeared before Williams, but was remanded back in custody, following a plea for bail from his lawyer Norman George.

Trevor Tiro appeared on one charge of burglary, and George requested the matter be adjourned till November 9 without plea.

He also asked that the defendant be released on bail.

However, Police Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Fairoa Tararo opposed the application and asked that the defendant remain in custody.

“There is still a large amount of money missing, Tiro is alleged to have been the person responsible for stealing this money.

Police are still trying to locate this money,” Tararo said. 

“We also note that if he is to be bailed, there is no guarantee that he will not continue to reoffend.

“There is a high risk of him associating with co-offenders. He has a history of breaching his bail, as such we remand that he be remanded further,”

“What I am hearing is probably one of the weakest grounds for remanding the defendant in custody.

“Are we in the business of fortune-telling now?” asked George.

“Are the police able to predict (someone) re-offending? No, but to oppose bail on that kind of speculation is to be discouraged.

“On top of all this, the defendant needs to go and work; a charge of burglary is quite serious – it can be up to 10 years in prison, and he needs to pay for his defence,” George said.

However, Tararo said the defendant had a history of re-offending and of breaching his bail.

“For him to be granted bail just so that he may pay for his legal counsel is not reason enough.”

George stood to reply, but Williams said she had made up her mind and needed no further explanation.

Tiro was remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned till November 9, without plea. Munokoakura Pita appeared later in the day and pleaded guilty to one charge of driving with excess blood alcohol.

The court heard that Pita was found with 279mg of alcohol per millilitre of blood, after he was crashed a motorbike earlier this month.

Williams told Pita that despite the fact that it was his first court appearance, he would be losing his license.

Pita was convicted and fined $200 and was ordered to pay $150 reparation for the medical reports. He was ordered to pay $50 court costs for a total of $400.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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