Man admits five charges, denies one

Tuesday 14 July 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime


Man admits five charges, denies one

Accused facing multiple charges wants the matters to be dealt and done with.

Teariki Araipu has admitted to five charges that were laid on him in 2018 and 2019.

Araipu appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta and pleaded guilty to resisting police and being intoxicated in a public place dated back to 2018.

He further admitted to charges of excess blood alcohol and dangerous driving charges dated back to 2019.

Araipu also admitted to a charge of assaulting a female in Arorangi, also a 2019 case, but denied ever breaching the public safety order.

His lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen said the charges against Araipu have been in the system for a long time.

Rasmussen said he had asked his client to relook at the cases before he entered or changed any plea.

Rasmussen said his client wanted the case to be dealt with and be done with.

JP Whitta said Araipu will be sentenced for the charges he admitted to, on August 11 and his trial date for the charge where he is yet to enter a plea will be confirmed on August 6.

On another assault on a female charge, Peia Junior did not enter a plea at the High Court. The victim was present and requested JP Whitta for the charges to be withdrawn.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa, said police has no drop policy on such matters.

Sergeant Manavaroa said the court needed to weigh the options of withdrawing the charge. He said alcohol was the main contributing factor in this case.

JP Whitta after looking into the summary of facts, said they were strong and the victim impact statement made him uncomfortable to drop the charges.

He did not make any decision and adjourned the matter July 23.