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Defendant told to seek advice

Wednesday 25 January 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

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Defendant told to seek advice
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511

A man charged with assault with intent to injure has been advised to seek legal representation.

Oswell Tunupopo appeared in the High Court on Friday where Chief Justice Patrick Keane told him it would be helpful to find legal representation if the matter went to trial.

He said the alternative was to go to a Judge alone trial, but again suggested, Tunupopo seek legal advice.

Tunupopo said he had a lawyer in New Zealand.

CJ Keane said any lawyer outside the Cook Islands jurisdiction would have to be admitted to the bar, making the matter more complicated.

“It’s better to deal with this matter here.

“I am sympathetic with you.”

Tunupopo said he still wanted to go ahead with the matter.

Again, CJ Keane told him he needed to be represented.

“It could be costly, is there not local counsel.”

 Lawyer Brian Mason said he was willing to assist.

CJ Kean said there was a problem as the matter needed to be brought to a hearing.

He asked Crown lawyer Jamie Crawford what she wanted to do.

“We want a March fixture, he does need representation,” she said.

Again, CJ Kean said to him he could elect a Judge alone trial.

“I will refer this to go to trial in March, you may be able to get Mr Mason to help you, you must be represented.”

The matter was remanded to February 24.