A weekly roundup of cases heard in Cook Islands Court.
Woo Store robbery: Bail denied again
A Cook Islander deported from Australia
involved in the Woo Store robbery has been denied bail for the second time, in
the High Court on Thursday.
Teariki Tamatapu Jerome Taamaru made a guilty
plea earlier this month.
The alleged robbery took place on the night of
January 30, when four men entered Woo’s Store in Titikaveka with a baseball bat
and a bush knife. The offenders stole cash, cigarettes and canned alcoholic
The other three accused had all been granted
Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning was
concerned Taamaru would be a repeat offender so bail was denied.
Taamaru’s defence lawyer Mark Short said his
client accepted his responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty.
Taamaru will appear for sentencing at a date
set by the court.
Accommodation found, bail granted
Kevin Michael Caffery was granted bail on
Thursday after finding alternative accommodation.
Caffery was charged with assault on a female
and first appeared in court on Wednesday.
No plea has been made by the defendant.
On Wednesday police asked him to be remanded
back in custody. Police said the defendant has a long history of assault and
has done this type of offence previously.
Caffery’s defence lawyer, Norman George, said
he agreed with the police that his client has done this type of offence before.
George submitted to the court on Wednesday
that it was his client’s partner who had severely assaulted him, and not the
other way around.
In response, Justice of the Peace John Whitta
said this was not a chance for George to offer evidence, it was just to discuss
JP Whitta put the defendant back into custody
for another day because Caffery did not have alternative accommodation away
from his partner.
On Thursday, the defendant was given bail
after alternative accommodation was made available.