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Saturday 12 November 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511
Guilty to assault
Eria Bubutei pleaded guilty to four counts of assault on a
child in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday.
Bubutei pleaded guilty through his lawyer Mark Short.
Short said: “He wants to take responsibility and that is why
he is taking this plea today.”
Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning set the matter for
sentencing on December 21.
Old EBA charges
A man appeared in the Criminal Court with drink driving
related charges dating back to 2018.
Michael Brown appeared on Thursday charged with careless
driving, dangerous reckless driving and three counts of refusing an excess
breath alcohol test.
Brown’s lawyer Keykore Ahsin said he was asked to act for
Brown a couple of months ago.
Ahsin said some charges dated back to 2018 while others were
laid in 2021.
He said Brown pleaded not guilty to some of his charges when
he was with another lawyer and asked to have them withdrawn.
Ahsin also said Brown needed to find a new lawyer because he
was leaving Rarotonga next year. He said Brown’s case would likely be completed
in early 2023.
Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning adjourned the matter for
December 22 and withdrew previous pleas.
A woman pleaded guilty to using profane, indecent and
obscene language within the hearing of any person in a public place.
Tihau Bakoauea also pleaded guilty to excess breath alcohol
and found drunk in a public place in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday.
Bakoauea’s lawyer Norman George entered guilty plea on his
Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning, who oversaw the matter,
adjourned the matter for sentencing on December 21.
Talimealahi Tuileila charged with excess breath alcohol has
been served a bench warrant for failing to appear in the Criminal Court at
Police requested the bench warrant after Tuileila did not
appear on Thursday.
It was granted by Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning.