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Repeat child sex offender sentenced to 14 years in prison

Wednesday 28 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, Crime, National

A former taxi driver who committed multiple sexual offences against four girls under the age of 12 has been sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. Matthew Littlewood reports. (Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of the offences committed by the defendant).

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Cannabis ‘captain’ found guilty

Tuesday 27 September 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National

The alleged leader of a cannabis operation is found guilty of drug related charges by a 10-person jury who deliberated for only an hour.

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Atiu petitions struck out, United Party ‘looking to appeal’ decision

Tuesday 27 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National, Politics

Petitions alleging that two political candidates in Atiu were guilty of treating during the 2022 general election campaign have been struck out by Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams.

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Judge to make his closing remarks on cannabis trial

Monday 26 September 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National

A defence lawyer for the alleged ‘captain’ of a cannabis drug operation says the real criminal is currently in New Zealand.

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$800 fine for motorcyclist over five times alcohol limit

Saturday 24 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, Crime, National

A motorcyclist who crashed into a colleague’s van was more than five times over the blood alcohol limit.

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$398k cannabis trial begins

Monday 19 September 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National

A trial for the alleged ‘captain’ of a cannabis drug operation started on Friday in the High Court at Avarua after multiple delays due to juror shortage.

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Party hires NZ barrister for petition cases

Saturday 17 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National, Politics

The Cook Islands United Party has bolstered their legal team in their challenge over the election results in the Pa Enua.

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Breach leads to extension of community service sentence

Friday 16 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A man has had his community service sentence extended by seven months after breaching his probationary conditions for the second time.

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Multiple cases adjourned to High Court

Friday 16 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

It looks like October 27 will be a busy day in the High Court, after Thursday’s Criminal Court session had multiple cases adjourned to the High Court for that date.

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CJ reserves petition decision

Thursday 15 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

The result of the Titikaveka seat may come down to Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams’ interpretation of electoral law.

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Juror shortage postpones trial

Wednesday 14 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

The trial of Phillip Walter Montgomery Strickland who is facing cannabis related charges has been adjourned to Friday due to the lack of a full jury.

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Jury trial adjourned

Tuesday 13 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A High Court jury trial had to be adjourned for a day because of the lack of people available for jury.

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Kiwi to pay over $8k in reparations

Tuesday 13 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A New Zealander who crashed into a motorcyclist, injuring them in the process has agreed to pay more than $8000 in reparations and court costs.

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Bench warrant issued, sentencing adjourned

Thursday 8 September 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, National

Three matters that were called for sentencing yesterday have been adjourned after a defendant and a lawyer failed to turn up at Court.

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18 months’ probation for $5k justice ministry theft

Monday 5 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A young woman has been sentenced to 18 months’ probation and six months’ community service for stealing more than $5000 from the till during her time as a Ministry of Justice employee.

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33 months jail for $240,000 Police theft

Friday 2 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A former finance administrator of the Cook Islands Police service has been sentenced to 33 months’ (two years and nine months) imprisonment and ordered to pay $25,000 in reparations for an “unprecedented” defrauding of the police of $240,000 over a nearly four-year period.

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CJ slams private prosecution in jet charter challenge

Friday 2 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

Citizens Against Corruption’s private prosecution against Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown and former Prime Minister Henry Puna has been slammed by Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams QC.

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‘Reflect upon your drinking’, judge tells defendant

Friday 2 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A man who badly injured a fellow motorcyclist on Christmas Eve, 2021, has avoided a prison sentence.

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Former BCI teller acquitted in missing $18k trial

Friday 2 September 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Court, National

A former bank teller from the Atiu branch of the Bank of the Cook Islands has been acquitted of charges that she had taken $18,000 from a community housing fund.

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No jail for $34k USP theft

Friday 2 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

A young mother has been sentenced to six months’ community service and two years’ probation for stealing more than $34,000 from the University of the South Pacific’s campus account.

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