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Tuesday 1 November 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, Crime
Cook Islands High Court. 12081330
Maoate is charged with assault on a female and two
counts of assault with intent to injure. Uri is charged with common assault.
They appeared together in the Criminal Court at Avarua
on Thursday last week.
Lawyer Norman George represented the two defendants
but said he would like to seek leave by mutual consent.
Maoate told Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro, who
oversaw the matter: “We will bat for ourselves because we cannot find the money
to pay him”.
George said his fee was $500.
Maoate asked for the matter to be adjourned and that
there was a possibility for it to be resolved outside of court.
“If you can give us time maybe two months
or three, up to you but this is what I ask,” he said. “I truly believe there is
a possibility to settle this matter outside of court.”
JP Taoro said the charges the defendants
faced were serious and they should seek legal representation.
The matter is adjourned for December 15.
JP Taoro also told the defendants they
needed to be in a position to make a plea at their next appearance.
Samuel Vaile charged with assault with
intent appeared in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday.
Vaile appeared out of custody.
Police asked for Vaile to remain in
custody based on a history of similar offences.
The matter was adjourned to November 17 by
Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro. Vaile was ordered to remain in custody. A
psychiatric report was also ordered by the JP.
to assault charges
A man pleaded guilty to a string of
assault charges on Thursday.
Sunai Joseph pleaded guilty to two counts
of assault on a female, assault with intent to injure and wilful damage.
Joseph’s lawyer was Mark Short.
Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro adjourned
the matter for sentencing on December 20.
Taniela Momo pleaded guilty to excess
breath alcohol in the Criminal Court on Thursday.
Momo was caught more than three times over
the legal breath alcohol limit on October 22.
Momo’s lawyer Lavi Rokoika said her client
was sorry for what happened.
Justice of the Peace Tango Taoro fined
Momo $265 for excess breath alcohol and disqualified him from driving for 12
JP Taoro also ordered Momo to pay $50 to
cover court costs.
Tikaroa Marsters charged with careless
driving was advised to seek a lawyer because he’s facing $2000 in reparation
Marsters appeared in the Criminal Court on
Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro said she
“highly advised” Marsters to seek legal representation.
The matter is adjourned for November 17.