The majority of the matters in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday were adjourned to a later date.
Nooroa Ioaba Maoate pleaded guilty to driving with excess breath alcohol after being stopped on June 10 by police.
counsel Mark Short told the Court that Maoate was “embarrassed” by what
“Thank goodness no
one got hurt,” Short said.
Justice of the
Peace John Whitta noted the breath alcohol reading of 260mcg per litre of
breath, while above the limit of 250mcg, was on the lower scale of offending
and this was Maoate’s first offence.
disqualified Maoate from holding a licence for 12 months, and fined him $250.
pleaded guilty to failing to present a licence within seven days after being
stopped at a police checkpoint. He was discharged without conviction.
Tangimetua pleaded guilty to breaching probation licence by failing to turn up
to meet his probation officer on June 30, 2022 and July 7, 2022. He told the court
that he was busy with work, and forgot about it. JP Whitta fined him $150.
Shaheem pleaded guilty to assaulting a female.
occurred on April 9, 2022, when he pushed his partner into the ground for
walking in front of the television while he was playing videogames.
JP Whitta noted
all assaults at the home had to be treated seriously. He discharged him without
conviction, noting he had paid for his partner’s medical checkup after the
incident, and that he had attended counselling.
Manuela pleaded guilty to common assault, and has been remanded at large for
sentencing on August 30 to allow probation to prepare a report.
pleaded not guilty to three charges of refusing excess breath alcohol, along
with charges of reckless and careless driving. He has been remanded on bail to
reappear before Court on September 1.
Pupuke, who appeared before JP Whitta via Zoom, faces four charges as theft as
a servant, with prosecution indicating there might be more to come. Prosecution
sought an adjournment to July 28 so that all charges could be finalised and
Pupuke could obtain legal representation.
JP Whitta accepted
the request, and remanded Pupuke on bail without plea to July 28.
Raj Deo, who
appeared before Court facing a charge of assault on a female, had his defended
hearing adjourned until July 19.
Tekatau, who faces a charge of assault on a female, has been remanded on bail
until September 1.
counsel Mona Ioane noted the Crown would likely be filing additional charges.
Wainiqolo Vosaki, facing a charge of common assault, has been remanded on bail
without plea until July 21. JP Whitta warned her about her previous
Kevin John David
Chaloner who faces charges of breaching a temporary protection order and common
assault, was remanded at large until July 21.
who faces eight charges of theft as a servant, had her case remanded until
September 1. Lawyer Short said there were a lot of documents to go over, and he
had only recently received disclosure.
Ligavatu who faces charges of careless driving and driving with excess blood
alcohol, was remanded on bail without plea until July 21.
Metua Taana John, who faces charges of assault with intent to injure, contempt of court, and escaping from prison, was placed under a community treatment order with the matter adjourned until September 1. JP Whitta noted there were questions surrounding John’s mental fitness.