A man facing indecent assault and burglary charges has been given bail following a weekend incident on Rarotonga.
He was also
granted name suppression when he appeared before Justice of the Peace, Georgina
Williams in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Tuesday.
arrested and charged with two counts of indecent assault and one of burglary on
Sunday afternoon following an incident earlier in the day.
remanded him in custody and opposed bail in court.
prosecutor said the charges were serious and there would be further charges as
the investigation was ongoing.
“In terms of
victims there are issues of fear.”
lawyer Lavi Rokoika asked for bail and acknowledged the offences were of a
sexual nature, and indicated there might be a problem with the burglary charge.
reminded the court the defendant was a foreign national and that borders were
“He might be
in prison for the next two weeks, it is unreasonable timing because it is
“In terms of
the protection of the community, at the time of the alleged offending he was
suggested that conditions may be imposed, which included not entering a licensed
premise, the defendant’s constitutional right of presumption of innocence, no
previous convictions, and the length of time in custody.
employment and care for dependants would also be taken into account, Rokoika
“He needs to
he did not know the alleged victims and would abide by all bail conditions.
for name suppression on the grounds he had not yet notified family members.
said he had interim name suppression.
prosecutor then advised the court that the list of bail conditions would
include the surrender of his passport, not to interfere with the alleged
victims or witness, not to enter a licensed premise, and not to consume
then told the court bail conditions would apply.
custody might be detrimental to his job.”
was adjourned to December 9 for a call over.