An arrest warrant has been issued for a Mangaia man who failed to turn up to the High Court for sentencing
was due to be sentenced by Justice Colin Doherty on Friday in the High Court in
pleaded guilty to a series of charges, including assault on a child, three
counts of indecent assault on a girl between the age of 12 to 16 years old, two
counts of sexual intercourse without consent, one charge of rape, two charges
of assault on a female and two counts of assault with intent to injure.
lawyer Jamie Crawford informed the Court on Friday that Ngametuatoe had failed
to appear, and was likely to still be in Mangaia.
due to be in Rarotonga by November 11 for his probationary report to be
completed before his sentencing.
Crawford asked for
the Court to issue a warrant for arrest, and that a policeman be sent to
Mangaia to apprehend Ngametuatoe.
due to represent himself in the High Court. The matter has been ongoing in the
courts for more than 12 months, with Ngametuatoe first appearing in the High
Court in October 2021.
friend George Pitt said he was not surprised Ngametuatoe did not appear in
Court on Friday.
“There was always
the question of who will pay for the airfares back to Rarotonga, and where he
will stay. That hasn’t been answered,” Pitt said.
“It’s not a matter
of him not wanting to come to the Court, it’s a question of who pays for it.”
Pitt said his real
concern was for Ngametuatoe’s family.
“Who is going to
look after his children once he gets sentenced? I don’t think anyone has put
any thought into that.”
In August this
year, former Crown prosecutor Annabel Maxwell-Scott said the matter needed to
be progressed urgently and requested that any granting of bail would be on the
grounds that Ngametuatoe did not leave Rarotonga.
“My concern is
that he will go back to Mangaia and bury his head in the sand again. He’s
facing some serious charges,” Maxwell-Scott then told the Court.
Grice then remanded Ngametuatoe on bail and told him he would have to enter a
plea on his next appearance.
included that he was to surrender his passport, not to leave Rarotonga, not to
contact any witnesses or be with children under 16 unless present with an adult
In October when he
pleaded guilty to the charges, Ngametuatoe was remanded on bail in Mangaia on
the condition he will return to Rarotonga in sufficient time before being
sentenced by Justice Colin John Doherty in the High Court in Avarua on November