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Charges may be dropped against friend of police officer

Monday 27 July 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime


Charges may be dropped against friend of police officer

The case against a gun-wielding intruder has been adjourned as police review the case for withdrawing charges against him.

Ngametuangaro Pekepo case has been before the court since October last year.

He faces a charge of possession of an unregistered firearm and three counts of threatening to kill.

In September last year, Pekepo had been drinking and was accompanied by an off-duty police officer.

He went to a woman’s property and threatened her, two others and her dogs, carrying a .22 rifle. He allegedly threatened to shoot her dogs.

Police said nothing unlawful was found on the off-duty police officer, and he does not face charges.

The young victim Vako Takai wrote to the court in February, saying she had forgiven Pekepo.

She wanted to withdraw her complaint because she felt sorry for him.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararoa said they were still reviewing the case and there is a possibility of withdrawal.

He asked for the matter to be adjourned to August 27. Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi agreed.