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Monday 23 October 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National


Three men charged with breaching probation appear in court

Three men have appeared in court, all charged with breaching probation.

Raeina Raeina, Tupouatimo Hagai Noa and Tikitaunga Taputu made appearances in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday last week.

Noa is serving 12 months of probation, with the first six months to be served as community service, and was convicted and sentenced on August 1, on charges of burglary and willful damage.

The court heard he turned up to community service in an intoxicated state.

He was warned twice by probation, and said he had been drinking, because he had been at a fundraising event.

Probation said Noa was aware of the conditions attached to his sentence, and recommended a fine and warning.

Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro asked Noa if he wanted to say anything, he then apologised to the court.

JP Taoro said if it happened again, the court would not be too lenient on him.

He was convicted and fined $26.80, and ordered to pay $50 court costs.

Raeina, also appearing on a charge of breaching probation, was found to be consuming alcohol on October 14.

Raeina indicated that he wished to seek legal advice and the matter was adjourned to November 16.

Taputu was then called to the stand on two charges of breaching probation, one on October 12 and the other on October 5, both times he failed to report.

He had been sentenced to 12 months of probation in August for assaulting a female.

The court heard Taputu told probation he had forgotten to report.

Probation recommended a fine and a warning.

JP Taoro asked Taputu if he wanted to say anything, he said no.

He was fined $26.80 and ordered to pay $50 court charges on each of the two charges.

JP Taoro told Taputu that if he appeared in court again, he could likely be sent to prison.