A person who is going through mental health issues has
name suppression extended at the Criminal Court in Avarua on Thursday.
Justice of the Peace John Whitta who oversaw the matter
said he granted name suppression because the defendant was going through mental
health issues and publication of their name would only make it worse.
“It just adds problems on top of problems,” the JP said.
JP Whitta said in the future the Court should look at
granting more name suppressions for people with mental health issues.
The defendant’s lawyer Keykore Ahsin said his clients
threatening to kill charge looked like it would be withdrawn.
Not guilty to excess blood alcohol
Joeli Ligavatu pleaded guilty to careless driving but not
guilty to excess blood alcohol at the Criminal in Avarua.
Ligavatu appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta
Ligavatu’s lawyer, Norman George told the JP he was
contesting the charge.
“For the first time I am challenging the analysis of the
George asked for an entire day for a defended hearing.
The matter is adjourned.
Lawyer stuck with client
Lawyer Mark Short has remained as counsel for Mario Van-Eijk
after trying to withdraw.
Van-Eijk charged with assault on a female appeared at the
Criminal Court in Avarua on Thursday before Justice of the Peace John Whitta.
Short told JP Whitta he wanted to withdraw as counsel
because his client did not respond to his messages.
However, in Court Van-Eijk said he still wanted to have
Short as his lawyer.
Crown lawyer Jamie Crawford said Crown was considering
adding further charges to Van-Eijk.
“We have reviewed the file and it is relatively serious
domestic violent offending.”