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Monday 19 December 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, Crime, National
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511
Lawyer no-show delays
drink drive case outcome
A man facing charges of reckless and drink
driving will have to wait for the outcome of a reserved decision as his lawyer
did not appear in court on Friday.
Tei John Harawira
appeared in the Criminal Court at Avarua where Justice of the Peace John Whitta
adjourned the matter as defence lawyer Norman George was not present.
JP Whitta adjourned
the matter to later in the morning.
About 30 minutes
later, the matter was recalled.
JP Whitta said
he was reluctant to deliver a decision and rescheduled to Tuesday, December
Harawira has entered not guilty pleas.
According to police, at around 12.13am on February 13, he crashed a pickup
truck into a parked car on the main road by The Islander Hotel.
Conflict of interest
A prison warden facing multiple assault
charges was due to be sentenced on Friday, but a conflict of interest has
pushed his date in court forward to early 2023
Tepareariki Teokotai Patric Rongokea appeared
in the Criminal Court in Avarua for sentencing on common assault and assault
with intent to injure charges.
JP John Whitta said he had a “huge”
conflict of interest as he knew the defendant.
Defence lawyer Mark Short said he
understood the position and agreed he wouldn’t want sentencing to proceed.
The charges stemmed from an altercation at
Last month the Crown said there was an
agreed summary of facts, before Short told the court his client wanted to enter
Short asked for a probation report and
requested a sentencing date.
The court heard the defendant and victim
work alongside each other at the prison.
On June 12, the defendant, who was off
duty, went to the prison about 2am where he found the victim, another prison
warden, asleep in a guard room.
The defendant became angry, and yelled
before assaulting the victim.
The matter was adjourned to January 19,
a police officer
Tou appeared on charges of assaulting a police officer, refusing to give an
evidential breath test and careless driving.
He entered guilty pleas to the three
The court heard on July 26 this year he
carelessly drove a car, refused to undergo a breath test and assaulted a police
officer on the Back Rd.
JP Whitta said the charges had been in
court for a while.
A probation report was ordered and the
matter adjourned to February 14.