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Saturday 29 October 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, Crime
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511
Tepareariki Rongokea charged with
common assault has been told that more charges are going to be laid against
Rongokea appeared in the Criminal
Court at Avarua on Thursday, presided by Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro.
Crown law told the court additional
charges would be laid against Rongokea.
Rongokea’s lawyer Mark Short asked for
JP Taoro adjourned the matter for
A bench warrant has been issued for a
man who failed to appear in Court for the second time.
Stephen Kavana was scheduled to appear
in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday but was in Aitutaki instead.
Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro, who
oversaw the matter, said: “This is the defendant’s second non-appearance
therefore there is no excuse, a bench warrant is therefore issued for the
Kavana’s lawyer, Tai Nicholas said he
informed his client it was not appropriate to not appear in court.
However, Nicholas told the JP Taoro
that Kavana could appear in court via Zoom from Aitutaki.
Defence lawyer Norman George called
his client a “habitual prowler” in the Criminal Court on Thursday.
Lucas Kamana charged with unlawfully
found pleaded guilty through George.
George said: “This defendant has some
real problems of a psychiatric nature, he seems to be a habitual prowler going
on to properties.”
George also said Kamana was untruthful
and he had “reluctantly” been dealing with him as a client for some time.
“I’m hoping he can be turned around so
he can find a more respectable future.”
Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro
adjourned the matter for December 6.
Raeina Raeina pleaded guilty to the
charge of assault on a female in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday.
Raeina pleaded guilty through his
lawyer Mark Short.
Short asked the court for a probation
Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro who
oversaw the matter set the sentencing date for December 6.