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Wednesday 20 April 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511
Toom Makaua was charged with careless driving after he lost control of his scooter and swerved into a car on December 7 2021.
He pleaded guilty through his lawyer Mona Ioane to the charge in February.
The confusion about the cost stemmed from one
mechanic quoting $3094 for the job and another quoting $700, which only
included replacement of the windscreen of the car boot and not labour.
Justice of the Peace Georgina Keenan-Williams
told the court on Tuesday last week she needed an explanation for the large
“This doesn’t help me at all,” JP Keenan-Williams
said about the two quotes.
Williams adjourned the matter to May 10 to
give the defence time to find out how much labour would cost for the $700
“Let's hope by the 10th of May this is all
sorted,” JP Keenan-Williams said.
In February the court heard both parties at
the time of incident agreed to sort out the damage caused by the crash between,
and not go to the police.
However, the victim reported the case on
December 11 to police “after the 24-hour period” that he was legally obligated
Defence lawyer Ioane then said that he was
surprised his client had been charged with failing to report the incident when
the other party was just as liable to do so.