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Court briefs 11.10.2022

Friday 11 November 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National

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Court briefs 11.10.2022
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511

Theft as a servant

Ngatamaine Pupuke charged with four counts of theft as a servant appeared in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thurasday via Zoom from Manihiki.

However, Pupuke’s lawyer did not appear. Police asked for the matter to be adjourned.

Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning, who oversaw the matter, said there was a conflict of interest between her and the defendant. She said an adjournment would be preferred.

The matter is adjourned for December 22.

Assault on a female

Ngamata Turangatira pleaded guilty to assault on a female in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday.

The court heard on September 6 this year, Turangatira hit a woman in the face three times.

Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning adjourned for sentencing on December 7.

Wounding with intent

A woman charged with wounding with intent to injure will make a plea in her next appearance, says her lawyer.

Doris Williams appeared in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday charged with wounding with intent to injure.

Williams’ lawyer, Mark Short asked for an adjournment but assured the court a plea would be made at his client’s next appearance.

Crown lawyer Jamie Crawford did not oppose the adjournment but asked for the matter to be moved to the High Court because of the seriousness of the charge.

“I think it will need to be transferred to the Chief Justice,” Crawford said.

The matter has been adjourned to a date to be set by court staff.