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Saturday 17 December 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, Culture, National
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511
Kitione Rokosuka appeared in the Criminal Court in Avarua on
Thursday before Justice of the Peace Tangi Taoro. He faced breach of community
service and breach of probationary licence charges.
JP Taoro adjourned the matter to December 23 after probation
recommended a custodial sentence.
Rokosuka had previously been warned by a JP he was a “step
away” from prison when he appeared before JP John Whitta on October 20.
His probationary conditions include that he is not to
consume or purchase alcohol, or enter any licenced premise.
He is serving 12 months’ probation after pleading guilty to
assault on a female. His term is set to expire in May 2023.
Rokosuka breached this condition on September 1, and again
on October 1, when he was spotted having a drink at a licenced establishment.
On October 20, JP Whitta ordered him to serve the remainder
of his sentence on community service, and fined him $100.
On Thursday the court heard Rokosuka again breached his
conditions on October 6. Police attended an incident in Turangi where he was
found to be consuming alcohol.
Then on November 26 he failed to complete community service.
Probation asked the court for a six-month jail term, which
was supported by police.
Defence lawyer Norman George said his client’s problems
centred around a broken relationship.
“It has put his life into disorder; he ended up losing
While probation had recommended jail, George asked the court
to consider the “human side”.
“He is upset about losing the lady he loved; going to prison
is adding to the bills and is not helping him.”
George asked JP Taoro to take more time to consider the
“The point of probation is the opportunity to serve your
sentence in the community.”
The matter was adjourned to December 23.
JP Whitta ordered Rokosuka to serve the remainder of his
sentence on community service, and fined him $100 in Court costs.