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Criminal cases adjourned for callover in December

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Crime, National

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A number of cases that were brought before the Criminal Court this week were adjourned to a later date.

Itio te ra Putaura Matakino, who is facing charges relating to assault on a female, entering with intent and obtaining by false pretence, had his matter adjourned to December 17.

Defence counsel Norman George requested Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams for further adjournment to discuss the matter with police prosecution.

The request was granted on existing bail conditions.

Baruch Weizman appeared on common assault charge and entered a not guilty plea through his counsel Charles Petero. Petero asked for a call over date.

JP Williams asked the defendant, who is a foreign national, if he was travelling anywhere for Christmas, to which he replied “no”.

The accused was remanded at large. JP Williams adjourned the matter to February 4 for call over to set a date for the hearing.

Johnny Kamikamica, who is facing assault on a female and breach of probation (not to consume) charges, had his matter adjourned to February 4 where a date for hearing will be set.

Defense counsel Lavi Rokoika said her client had entered a non-guilty plea to the charges.

A Tereora College student who was charged with careless driving was discharged without conviction. The student was granted name suppression.

The accused had entered a guilty plea to the charge through her lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen.

According to police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo, the defendant crashed into a tree near Tereora College on October 21.

Tararo said the defendant “stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake” resulting in the crash.

JP Williams ordered the defendant to pay $150 medical costs and granted a discharge without conviction.

A further two weeks adjournment was granted to American citizen Theran Celesta Weaver III facing a charge of possession of cannabis in the Cook Islands.

His lawyer Mark Short said he needed two more weeks to review the matter after discussions with Crown Law.

In April, 2018, Weaver was stopped at the Rarotonga international airport, heading back to Los Angeles. He was pulled aside following the screening of his luggage by airport security and was instructed to remove a lighter, which was in one of his bags.

The Criminal Investigation Branch’s drug detection team screened his luggage and his belongings and found an unspecified amount of cannabis.

Weaver, who appeared before the Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata that same year, did not enter any plea. But his lawyer Mark Short succeeded in getting his client’s passport released after telling court that Weaver was a paramedic for the firefighting service and needed to return to work.

JP Temata then ordered a $1500 release bond.

On Thursday, JP Williams adjourned the matter to December 3.

Lawyer Short also managed to get an adjournment on other two matters.

Elijah Amataiti and Nicholas Maui, who are facing careless driving and excess blood alcohol charges, had their cases adjourned to December 3.

Short said he was seeking an audience with acting Police Commissioner Aka Matapo to discuss matters regarding Amataiti’s case.

Edith Mary Takairangi, who was charged with careless driving, was discharged without conviction.

The court heard on October 22, Takairangi came into the police station to file a motor vehicle crash report involving herself. The incident took place in Tupapa.

The defendant said she tried to avoid a dog who suddenly ran in front of the car, resulting in the crash.

The police prosecutor said the defendant, who entered a guilty plea, had paid a sum of $1744.44 to the rental company for the damages to the motor vehicle.

It was “error in judgment” on the defendant’s part and there was no alcohol involved in this matter, the prosecutor said.

JP Williams ordered her to pay $50 court costs before granting a discharge without conviction.