of cases that were brought before the Criminal Court this week were adjourned
to a later date.
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.
counsel Norman George requested Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams for
further adjournment to discuss the matter with police prosecution.
request was granted on existing bail conditions.
Weizman appeared on common assault charge and entered a not guilty plea through
his counsel Charles Petero. Petero asked for a call over date.
Williams asked the defendant, who is a foreign national, if he was travelling
anywhere for Christmas, to which he replied “no”.
accused was remanded at large. JP Williams adjourned the matter to February 4
for call over to set a date for the hearing.
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.
counsel Lavi Rokoika said her client had entered a non-guilty plea to the
Tereora College student who was charged with careless driving was discharged
without conviction. The student was granted name suppression.
accused had entered a guilty plea to the charge through her lawyer Wilkie
to police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo, the defendant crashed into
a tree near Tereora College on October 21.
said the defendant “stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake” resulting
in the crash.
Williams ordered the defendant to pay $150 medical costs and granted a
discharge without conviction.
further two weeks adjournment was granted to American citizen Theran Celesta
Weaver III facing a charge of possession of cannabis in the Cook Islands.
lawyer Mark Short said he needed two more weeks to review the matter after
discussions with Crown Law.
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
Criminal Investigation Branch’s drug detection team screened his luggage and
his belongings and found an unspecified amount of cannabis.
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.
Temata then ordered a $1500 release bond.
Thursday, JP Williams adjourned the matter to December 3.
Short also managed to get an adjournment on other two matters.
Amataiti and Nicholas Maui, who are facing careless driving and excess blood
alcohol charges, had their cases adjourned to December 3.
said he was seeking an audience with acting Police Commissioner Aka Matapo to
discuss matters regarding Amataiti’s case.
Mary Takairangi, who was charged with careless driving, was discharged without
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.
defendant said she tried to avoid a dog who suddenly ran in front of the car,
resulting in the crash.
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.
“error in judgment” on the defendant’s part and there was no alcohol involved
in this matter, the prosecutor said.
Williams ordered her to pay $50 court costs before granting a discharge without