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Friday 14 October 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511
Teokotai Tuaineiti appeared before Justice of the Peace
John Whitta on Thursday.
Tuaineiti, addressing the court directly, said that
after consideration, he had opted to enter a guilty plea.
“I have contacted support services, I am committed to
paying it (the money) back to my former employer over three months.”
JP Whitta advised Tuaineiti, saying “I will hold off
to another date, and I suggest you talk to counsel”.
The prosecutor advised the court Tuaineiti had sought
advice on the matter.
Lawyer Mark Short briefly spoke with Tuaineiti before
JP Whitta asked Short if he was happy.
Short acknowledged JP Whitta, who then told Tuaineiti
he would read out the charges.
He asked Tuaineiti if he understood, then proceeded to
read out the charge, that in June 2021, Tuaineiti took $5000 from the Aitutaki
JP Whitta asked for a probation report, that the
defendant not talk to any witnesses, or apply for a passport.
JP Whitta adjourned the matter to November 9 for