Assault accused remanded in custody

Thursday 2 April 2015 | Published in Crime


A total of 11 people charged with assault appeared before the High Court and Justice of the Peace John Kenning on Thursday March 26.

Okirua Manuela, Trevor Tiro and Anthony Kakino were each charged with assaulting a female.

Defence counsel Mark Short pleaded with the court for its assistance with the next step forward for his client Manuela, who also faced three additional charges of threatening to do grievous harm and two counts of contempt.

Manuela will remain in custody until his next appearance on April 2.

Tiro failed to appear in court for sentencing, but through defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen, was granted an adjournment to April 2.

Kakino did not enter a plea to his charge. Defence counsel Mark Short sought approval from the court for an adjournment until April 2 as he had received disclosure from police just a week previously and had not had time to discuss the charge with his client and his client’s family.

Teaumetua Araipu was convicted and sentenced to 12 months’ probation when he appeared for sentencing on a charge of assaulting with intent to injure. Araipu, who must serve the first six months of his probation on community service, was also ordered not to consume or purchase alcohol or enter any liquor licensed premises. As well as paying $30 court costs, he must attend counselling sessions at Punanga Tauturu and participate in all workshops as directed by the Probation Services.

Christopher Tangatakino, Fereti Siona, Teariki Araipu and Andrew Tamatoa appeared on charges of fighting in a public place.

Defence counsel Norman George sought an adjournment until April 9 for his client Tangatakino, saying he had problems communicating with his client and receiving instructions from him

George confirmed disclosure had been received and the adjournment request was granted with no objections from police.

Siona entered pleas of not guilty to two charges of fighting in a public place and common assault. Defence counsel Brian Mason sought an adjournment to allow him time to discuss particulars of the case with police. Siona will reappear on April 9.

Police said Tamatoa and Araipu had been found fighting each other outside a bar in Avarua on the evening of February 28. It was not the first time either of them had appeared before the court.

They were each convicted and fined $50 plus $30 court costs.

Katarina Margaret Marama, Mahutaariki Adamu and Riki Adamu Kairua appeared on charges of common assault.

Marama’s defence counsel Mark Short sought an adjournment until April 9 as he was waiting for confirmation from police regarding their application for diversion.

Adamu did not enter a plea. Defence counsel Short said there were some irregularities in the victim’s story which needed to be clarified by police.

An application for diversion had been made and that he was waiting for a response from police.

An adjournment to April 9 was set for Adamu’s next appearance.

Kairua was convicted and fined $70 plus $30 court costs. Defence counsel Short said in his final submissions that Kairua had done everything in his power to make amends with the victim and his family.

Kairua was deeply remorseful for his actions, especially after finding out later that the victim was a family member.

JP Kenning commended Kairua’s efforts in achieving reconciliation.