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Court briefs

A number of court matters were presided over by Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning at the Criminal Court in Avarua on Thursday.

A teenager charged with unlawful taking and careless driving has been granted interim name suppression.

The name suppression was granted by Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning following submissions made by defence lawyer Mark Short.

Short said the defendant was a school student.

Police concurred and the matter was adjourned to May 9.


A woman was ordered to pay a fine of $450 after being convicted of excess blood alcohol.

Teeiau Metuariki crashed into a power pole at the Turangi backroad on April 13.

Police prosecutor, Senior Sergeant Fairoa Tararo, said Metuariki drank seven bottles of Heineken at her residence that afternoon. She then drove on a backroad, lost control of the vehicle, and crashed

She was transported to the hospital and was tested for alcohol that returned a result of 232 milligrams.

Defence lawyer Mark Short said his client was remorseful, she had never been in a similar situation and had underestimated the effects of consuming seven bottles of alcohol.

Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning further sentenced her to 12 months disqualification from driving and holding a driver’s license and $150 for blood analysis and $50 court cost.

Another woman, whose name is suppressed by the court, denied a charge of driving under the influence.

The court heard her blood alcohol level was measured at 163 milligrams.

 She was represented by defence lawyer Michelle Tangimama. The matter has been adjourned to July 2 for a defendant hearing.


Rima Iotua admitted to a charge of breaching his probationary licence on April 16 this year by failing to attend a workshop organised by Probation Services.

A probation officer told the court that Iotua was sentenced, served time and was placed on probation which is to end in July.

He recommended a monetary fine for his sentencing.

The court ordered he pay $40 court fine and $50 court fees.