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Wednesday 11 May 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National


Reparations payment leads to discharge without conviction
A former prison warden has been sentenced to 12 months of supervision with six months community work for assaulting a fellow warden. PHOTO: ISTOCK

A public servant has been discharged without conviction, after he agreed to pay $3000 in reparations to the victim of a vehicle accident.

Toom Makaua appeared before Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning on Tuesday in relation to an incident where he lost control of his scooter and swerved into a car on December 7 last year.

He had already pleaded guilty to careless driving and failure to report an accident.

The court heard that both parties at the time of the event agreed to sort out the damage caused by the crash between each other, 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 to.

JP Kenning said since the incident, Makaua had come to an agreement with the victim that he would pay $3084 towards the repair of the vehicle. 

JP Kenning also noted that Makaua had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and discharged him without conviction.