On Thursday, July 27, Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams heard eight cases on the Criminal List.
The first case was a matter of
careless driving causing injury. Lawyer Mark Short appeared for the defendant
Christine Kaiata John. Short advised the court that John was not present in
court as she now lives overseas. He explained the charge resulted from a car
accident the defendant had, involving a friend. His client has made full
reparation for her friend’s costs and resolution had been achieved. Short asked
that the charges be withdrawn which was agreed by the police prosecutor. JP
Williams noted that the defendant was excused for not appearing, adding it was
an unfortunate accident and that reparation had been paid, and recorded the charges
The next defendant called was
Jale O’Connor charged with indecent assault. He did not appear however his
lawyer Lavi Rokoika apologised, stating she had been waiting since May for
disclosures from the police. On agreement the matter was adjourned to the High
Court for August 31, 2023.
Polycarp Jay-Z Tarai appeared
next on two charges of joint burglary. Tarai was also represented by lawyer
Lavi Rokoika who advised the court that she had received disclosures from the
police but needed time to go over them. With the consent of the prosecution, JP
Williams adjourned the matters to August 31, with continuing bail conditions.
The matter against a man charged with assault on female was also called on Thursday. The police prosecutor advised the court, the defendant was not present in court and handed over a medical certificate asking for an adjournment to August 31, 2023. The adjournment was granted.
Maiarii Kauvai appeared next
represented by lawyer Mark Short on a charge of contempt of court. The court
was told this was her sixth breach of curfew. Both the defence and prosecution
agreed for adjournment to August 23, 2023 for sentencing. JP Williams warned the
defendant she was liable for jail if she continued to offend and granted the
An adjournment was also
granted to Edward Tonorio who appeared on a charge of burglary. He was not represented
and told the court that he had changed his lawyer and was waiting now to see
lawyer Mona Ioane. The court adjourned the matter to August 10 advising Tonorio
that he was still on bail and to comply with its conditions.
The final matter for the
morning was a case of excess breath alcohol. The defendant Fale Sooialo
appeared without representation. He told the court that he understood the
charge and wanted to take a lawyer. The prosecutor had no objection to this,
and the court agreed for hearing on August 31, 2023.