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Wednesday 2 November 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, Crime
The Ministry of Justice building. Photo: GRAY CLAPHAM/20050411
A man has entered a guilty plea to
careless driving and walked away without a conviction.
He has been told to pay over $1000 in
Tuiate Turuariki, 21, appeared in the
Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday last week.
The court heard Turuariki crashed into
the back of a car near the Vaima facotry. Police said he was not paying
attention to the road.
The crash resulted in $1221 of damage
to the car.
Police asked for Turuariki to be
discharged without conviction.
“The reparation is penalty enough for
the defendant and there was no injured parties,” the police said.
Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro
initially denied police’s suggestion and said, “I think it (discharge without
conviction) might send the wrong information or ideas out”.
However, JP Taoro changed her mind and
discharged Turuariki without conviction ordering him to pay $50 for court costs
on top of the reparation bill.