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Monday 2 May 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National
Romani Katoa (46) who was charged with carrying an offensive weapon in a public place and three counts of assault on a female, appeared in the High Court at Avarua on Friday for sentencing.
The Court had
heard in an earlier hearing that on August 15, 2020 at 2.30am after drinking,
Katoa approached a group of young people at the canoe shed by Trader Jacks with
a machete and shovel.
The group were
drinking, smoking cannabis and behaving in a disorderly manner.
Chief Justice, Sir
Hugh Williams QC who oversaw the matter said Katoa “banged the machetes flat
side against the buttocks of three women”.
Mark Short said Katoa was remorseful and wanted to apologise for the harm he
“It’s not going to
happen again,” Short told the Court.
Short said Katoa had
since donated $1500 to the Cook Islands Women’s Counselling Centre, which “do
very good work” in offering support to women who have been victims of violence.
Williams acknowledged Katoa’s otherwise good record and his high-achieving CV,
and discharged him without conviction.