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Judge to hear crash case

Friday 24 July 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime


Judge to hear crash case

After three long years before the court, a judge is to hear a case against a man alleged to have hurt someone in a hit-and-run crash.

Defence lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen and police prosecution have agreed charges against Alberta Ordain Tutakiao should be heard by a judge.

Tutakiao is already awaiting sentencing for possessing cannabis and drugs utensils, and two counts of contempt of court.

However, he denies charges of failing to stop to ascertain and render assistance, and dangerous driving causing injury.

Tutakiao had earlier said he was in a vehicle with his mama and papa at the time of the crash.

According to a psychological report from clinical psychologist Dr Evangelene Daniela-Wong, Tutakiao is fit to stand trial.

Rasmussen said the charges were not serious, but because someone was injured in the crash, the case needed to be presided over by a judge.

Justice of the Peace John Whitta agreed and adjourned the matter to a judge hearing. A date is yet to be set.