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Dangerous driving charge prompts legal advice

Friday 8 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, National

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Dangerous driving charge prompts legal advice

A motorist who was charged for dangerous driving and failure to stop has been advised to get a lawyer.

Angel Mariri appeared at the Criminal Court in Avarua before Justice of the Peace Nadine Newnham yesterday.

The 18-year-old was arrested early yesterday after she was seen speeding from the exit at Raro Fried Chicken, and onto the Avarua roundabout, shortly before 1am.

According to police she was followed with a siren and flashing lights to Nikao but after stopping, she sped away from Police.

In a statement police said the car eventually stopped at the Roadhouse in Arorangi and despite attempting to drive off again, she was detained by the police officers.

She was remanded into custody and later taken to court, where she initially admitted to both charges.

However, JP Newnham in advising the accused on the seriousness of the dangerous driving charge said that the penalty for dangerous driving is a 12 months jail term or a fine of up to $1000.

She asked the defendant if she wanted to get a lawyer to represent her or continue with her plea, of which she agreed to get a lawyer.

JP Newnham vacated the guilty plea and adjourned the matter to April 4.

In other driving related matters, William Taru who faces a careless driving charge was also advised to get legal advice due to the $4675 reparation he had to pay for damages.

Taru is accused of carelessly driving a motor vehicle at the Nikao public road on February 5, this year.

The matter was adjourned to March 28.

Laurid Rasmussen, represented by lawyer Michelle Tangimama, pleaded not guilty to a charge of careless driving.

It is alleged that Rasmussen drove a motor vehicle carelessly on a public road causing injury to a victim.

Tangimama said there would be CCTV footage presented at a later stage, however they deny the charges.

The matter was adjourned to May 7 for a defence hearing.