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Thursday 27 October 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, Crime
Teina Ngametuatoe appeared before Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams in the
High Court in Avarua on Friday last week.
He pleaded guilty to numerous sexual offences, including indecent
assault on a girl aged 12 to 16, rape, and sexual intercourse with a female
under care or protection.
The matter has been ongoing in the courts for more than 12 months, with Ngametuatoe
first appearing in the High Court in October 2021.
He has been
remanded on bail in Mangaia, but will have to be in Rarotonga in sufficient
time before being sentenced by Justice Colin
John Doherty in the High Court in Avarua on November 25.
associate George Pitt said he did not condone Ngametuatoe’s actions, but it
“would be his family who ultimately suffer”.
“How will his
children survive? It will be his family who will be punished the most,” Pitt
“The offences are
historic and he’s a different person now.”