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New sentencing date to be set for alleged rapist

Tuesday 24 January 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Court, National

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A Mangaia man charged with multiple offences including rape, cruelty to a child and assault on a child has entered guilty pleas in the High Court.

Teina Ngametuatoe entered guilty pleas to 11 charges at the High Court on Friday.

Lawyer Brian Mason said a probation report had been prepared but would have to be modified as earlier charges had been vacated.

Chief Justice Patrick Keane convicted Ngametuatoe, ordered an amended probation report, victim impact statement and written submissions.

He was remanded in custody for a sentencing date.      

Ngametuatoe, who was due to be sentenced by Justice Colin Doherty on November 25, 2022, in the High Court in Avarua, was arrested in Mangaia after he failed to appear in court.

He had previously 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.

A police officer was dispatched to Mangaia and Ngametuatoe was subsequently remanded into custody upon arrival back in Rarotonga.

The defendant was due to be in Rarotonga by November 11 for his probationary report to be completed before his sentencing.

The matter has been ongoing in the courts for more than 12 months, with Ngametuatoe first appearing in the High Court in October 2021.

In August last 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.

Justice Christine Grice then remanded Ngametuatoe on bail and told him he would have to enter a plea on his next appearance.

Bail conditions 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 guardian.

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 Doherty in the High Court in Avarua on November 25

A new sentencing date is yet to be fixed.

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