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Thursday 22 December 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, Crime, National


Woman fails to front on drink-drive and assault charges
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511

A woman facing multiple charges including assault and using profane, indecent and obscene language in public, failed to turn up for sentencing at the court in Avarua on Wednesday.

Tihau Bakoauea was due to appear for sentencing on excess blood alcohol, found drunk in a public place, using profane, indecent and obscene language within the hearing of any person in a public place, and common assault.

The matter was called twice, before Justice of the Peace John Whitta adjourned the case for a call over today and issued a warrant to arrest.

Defence lawyer Norman George said Bakoauea had entered a guilty plea on November 10 and a probation report had been ordered.

“The end result is that she was horribly drunk and took exception to a car that was behind her,” George told the court.

“She had two close shaves with walls.”

George said the car behind her was successful in making her stop.

“The profanity then came out; I told her there is no defence.

“She was clearly drunk and over the limit.”

George said he had looked at the probation report which recommended 12 months’ probation and three months’ community service.

“The woman is in her early 20s and needs some discipline. That is why I agree with probation.”

George said his client is from Kiribati.

“I don’t think the people of Kiribati will be proud of her conduct; I don’t know what drove her to drink.”