Man remains in custody

Monday April 01, 2019 Written by Published in Local

A man who faces several serious charges before the Cook Islands High Court was remanded in custody on Thursday.


Okotai Rongo appeared before Justice of Peace Georgina Williams and faces five counts of contempt of court, two traffic offences of dangerous driving and excess breath alcohol, and six other matters that involve assault on a female and burglary.

He was released on bail about a month ago.

Defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen said he was not impressed with his client and did not apply for bail for the defendant.

He said the defendant was already given three chances and it was not working out. He said he could not make any more submissions for the defendant as he frequently failed to follow bail conditions.

Rasmussen said he would continue to work with his client who would give his pleas to the number of charges he faces.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said there was no guarantee the defendant wouldn’t reoffend if granted bail. He said this would only add to the many charges he was already facing.

JP Williams said the burglary and assault charge Rongo faced was a concern.

She said the defendant faces five contempt of court charges and breaching bail.

“Bail is given, to give you the opportunity of freedom, the charges go back to 2017. You are not listening.

“You will be remanded. The concern is your breaking in and assaulting women. You being inside will make it safer for them,” she said. The matter has been adjourned to April 18.

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