Man facing serious charge denied bail

Monday 12 October 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime

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A Rarotonga man with an extensive history of breaching orders and charged with a serious offence has been denied bail.

A young man who appeared at the High Court was denied bail due to his history of breaching bail conditions and for facing a serious charge.

Ngatupuna Teinakitama appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta on Thursday last week. He was represented by defence counsel Norman George.

George applied for bail on the grounds of work and that his client has been in custody for the five days.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa said the latest offending by the defendant involved alcohol.

Manavaroa asked that a bail condition not to purchase or consume alcohol be added to Teinakitama’s current bail conditions.

However, JP Whitta said given the serious charge of indecent assault on a girl below the age of 16, he did not think the defendant should be given bail.

He said the charges of indecent assault, entering with intent and contempt of court by breaching curfew all happened in October 4.

JP Whitta said Teinakitama had a record of reoffending while on bail.

JP John Whitta said: “The defence counsel sought to have the defendant released on bail, his application is denied on the grounds that the defendant has an extensive history of breaching orders, and is charged with a serious offence committed also while on bail.”

He adjourned all the matters to October 22.

Meanwhile, on the charge of burglary, Teinakitama had pleaded not guilty and appeared on Wednesday, September 30 for a defendant hearing – but this did not go ahead.

JP Whitta said the defence counsel had advised that he was waiting on a decision on that adjournment with a view to seek a dismissal.

This matter is also adjourned to October 22.