All hopes of a Kiwi tourist couple being married on Rarotonga were dashed after a session of heavy drinking led to assault.
What was meant to be a dream destination wedding
turned into a nightmare when the would-be-groom attacked the bride-to-be.
It resulted in Jan Robert Taipari, 41, being arrested
and charged with assaulting a female.
Taipari appeared in the Criminal Court at Avarua on
Thursday where he entered a guilty plea.
The court heard the bride to be then flew home,
cancelling the defendant’s return flight and credit cards, leaving him stranded
The victim suffered bruising and lacerations during
the attack at a Titikaveka resort on Saturday, February 12.
“They were both intoxicated, they had an altercation,
his partner took off to New Zealand and cancelled his flight home,” defence
lawyer Mark Short told the court.
The defendant spent 48 hours in custody following his
“I put him up in a hostel,” Short said.
“He needs money to cover the cost of the hostel and
“I’m hoping he can go back to New Zealand this
The summary of facts say police were called to the Sea
Change Villas about 11am on February 12.
Taipari had been drinking Southern Comfort with the
victim in their villa late afternoon the previous day before catching a pub
crawl bus, Going Troppo, at about 7pm the previous day.
At about the third bar the defendant started to act
differently and was refused entry into Rehab Nightclub due to intoxication.
After the clubs, the defendant and the victim were
dropped off back to their accommodation where an argument escalated.
The victim told the defendant that she wanted to leave
and started packing, then went to have a shower.
Taipari allegedly stopped the victim from coming out
of the shower and pushed her to the floor, then while she was on the floor,
after quickly putting some clothes on, he grabbed her hair and shorts, and
threw her across the floor in the dining area, causing the front of her shorts
He then allegedly pushed the victim with both his
hands on her chest causing her to fall backwards on to the ranch slider (double
glass sliding doors).
The victim then managed to escape him with minor
injuries and ran out of the villa towards the reception area of Sea Change
Villas where she hid from the defendant.
The victim then went back to the villa where she was
able to grab her backpack with her passport and personal effects, then went to
her rental car to try and sleep.
Taipari allegedly followed her to the car, grabbed her
backpack, and took it back inside.
The victim hid from him and managed to get her
backpack, and ran to the neighbouring villas where she slept, as she was afraid
he would hurt her.
The defendant when questioned by police, denied the
facts as outlined in the summary of facts.
Short offered to read the court letters of support for
Taipari but Justice of the Peace Georgina Keenan-Williams went straight to
“I think in the circumstances, six- months suspension,
I wish you well as you make your way back home,” JP Keenan-Williams told
Taipari was then given a six-month suspended sentence
and ordered to pay $50 court costs and $20 towards medical costs.