Strict bail conditions imposed

Wednesday 25 February 2015 | Published in Crime


Okirua Manuela faced a charge of threatening grievous bodily harm when he appeared before Justice of the Peace John Kenning in the High Court on February 19.

However, police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Fairoa Tararo was unable to present disclosure to counsel before the day’s callover and requested an adjournment to February 26.

Defence counsel Mark Short agreed and sought the release of his client from remand so he could live at his parent’s home in Avatiu. JP Kenning agreed on the basis that strict bail conditions be imposed.

Manuela must live only at his parents’ residence and must not enter his parent’s store in Avatiu, He was also ordered not to contact or interfere with the victim and was given a curfew of 7pm to 7am so that police can more easily monitor his whereabouts.

Teokotai Taruia appeared before Justice of the Peace John Kenning in the High Court on February 19 on a charge of being unlawfully found on premises. He also faced six burglary charges.

Counsel Brian Mason asked that Taruia be granted an adjournment because a psychiatric report could not be obtained in time for Taruia’s court appearance. After evaluating all the contributing factors, JP Kenning granted an adjournment to March 5. Taruia’s will remain in custody.

Metuamoeroa Ngaeruaiti pleaded guilty to a single charge of willful damage. Police prosecutor Tararo confirmed Ngaeruaiti’s had prior convictions and asked for a probation report to be provided.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 19.