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Wednesday 3 May 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National


Court briefs

May 3, 2023

Woman admits stabbing partner

A woman has admitted stabbing her partner in the stomach during a heated argument.

Doris Tearuru Williams appeared in the High Court on Friday last week charged with wounding with intent to injure.

The charge was amended to wounding with reckless disregard before she entered a guilty plea.

The court heard the complainant came home late morning on September 4, 2022 and an argument ensued.

She stabbed him in the left side of the stomach and admitted the facts afterwards. She apologised.

Chief Justice Patrick Keane asked for a victim impact statement and probation report.

She was convicted and a date for sentencing would be fixed by the registrar. 

Rape accused allowed to travel to outer islands

A man facing a charge of rape has been allowed to travel to one of the outer islands.

The man has name suppression.

His lawyer Michelle Tangimama said she had received police disclosure on Wednesday when the matter was called in the High Court on Friday.  

Lawyer Mark Short had been acting for the defendant, but as Tangimama was now acting for him, she was yet to review the file.

Tangimama told the court the defendant was planning to travel to one of the outer islands on August 16.

Crown lawyer Jamie Crawford said a charge of sexual intercourse with a girl would be withdrawn and there would be one charge of rape.

The Crown did not oppose the bail application to travel in August.

The matter was adjourned to this month for a call over.