Court briefs for week of April 26

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Crime, National


Court briefs for week of April 26

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 drinks.

The other three accused had all been granted bail.

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 bail.

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.

The matter is adjourned to next week.