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Thursday 14 July 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National


Local resident has charges dropped
A former prison warden has been sentenced to 12 months of supervision with six months community work for assaulting a fellow warden. PHOTO: ISTOCK

Some charges will likely be dropped for Iorama Ngataua who appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Tuesday.

Ngataua is charged with willful damage, joint burglary and assault on a female. The defendant was also originally charged with wounding with intent to injure but it was previously dropped in the High Court.

Police said the joint burglary charge would likely get dropped.

“On review of the file it is highly likely we will withdraw the charge,” police told the JP.

Police said the remaining charges, willful damage and assault on a female were both domestic matters.

The charges date back to 2020 and 2021.

The matter has been adjourned for July 28 to allow time for police to review the burglary charge.

The defendant’s current bail conditions will continue in the meantime.