A man facing multiple charges has questioned his bail conditions in choosing to defend himself.
Iorama Ngataua appeared in the Criminal Court at
Avarua on Friday charged with wounding with intent to injure, contempt of
court, wilful damage, assault on a female and joint burglary.
Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams asked Ngataua if he
wanted a lawyer.
Ngataua said he would defend himself and was warned by
Justice Williams that people who defend themselves don’t do as well as those
who are represented by lawyers.
Ngataua asked the court if his curfew could be dropped
as he had been on a curfew for 12 months.
Justice Williams asked for his curfew times which were
confirmed as between 7pm and 7am unless for work or medical purposes.
He then adjourned the matter to February 4.
A man remanded in custody two weeks ago on firearms
charges has reappeared in court on other matters.
Ordain Tutakiao appeared on two charges of having
unregistered firearms in the Criminal Court on January 20 when defence lawyer
Mark Short said he had not received any information in relation to the charges
and asked for disclosure.
On Friday the defendant appeared in the Criminal Court
on charges of dangerous driving causing injury and possession of a
Short again asked for the matter to be adjourned as he
did not have disclosure.
“We will call your case in a weeks’ time, you are
remanded in custody,” Justice Williams told Tukakiao.
A man facing arson and contempt of court charges is
scheduled to appear in court this week as a psychiatric report has been completed.
Derek Trego was remanded in custody in August 2021
after the court heard he had breached bail conditions within hours of a
It was not his first breach of bail and there were
some concerns, the police prosecutor said at the time, while requesting custody
and a psychiatric report.
On Friday, Justice Williams said the report indicated
Trego might have been insane at the time of the offence but knew right from