A motorcyclist who suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash has pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol.
Patia-Gempton appeared in Court and pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with
excess blood alcohol.
Her father, who
read a submission to Court, said the incident which occurred on June 25, 2022,
was the fault of both drivers.
turning into a corner near Arorangi when she crashed into another vehicle.
blood-tested for alcohol and drew a reading of 132mcg of alcohol per 100ml of
breath, the limit is 50mcg.
Her father said
Patia-Gempton suffered “life-threatening” injuries from the crash, while her
bike was a “write-off”.
Her medical bills
were over $1000, he said.
enough, we are asking the Court to show her leniency,” he said.
The driver of the
other vehicle is also facing charges of careless driving.
Justice of the
Peace John Whitta noted Patia-Gempton was remorseful and that it was her first
appearance in Court.
He fined her $250
and disqualified her from driving for 12 months.
Most other matters
in the Court were adjourned.
Wireless Pupuke appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta, and entered
no plea to four charges of theft as a servant. Police prosecution noted there
were likely further charges pending.
The matter was
adjourned to November 10.
Tipuna appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to charges of careless driving
and driving with excess blood alcohol. Her matter was adjourned to November 15
for a defended-hearing. She was remanded at large, and granted permission to
fly to New Zealand, provided she came back to the Cook Islands for her trial.
Lucas Kamana, who
faces charges of being unlawfully found at a property, had his matter adjourned
to October 27. He is yet to enter a plea.
Ngatokoitu Uri and
Rurutoa Maoate appeared jointly before JP Whitta. Uri is facing charges of
common assault, and Maoate faces charges of assault on a female and assault
with intent to injure. Their matter has been adjourned to October 27, where
they are expected to make a plea.
Raukete, who faces a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol, had her
matter adjourned without plea until October 27.
Joshua Nga Utanga,
who faces an assault on a female charge, failed to turn up to Court on
JP Whitta said
Utanga’s excuse, which was that he was busy with work, was not good enough.
“He needs to be in
Court, and he needs to make a plea,” JP Whitta said.
The matter was
adjourned to October 27.
Kevin John David
Chaloner entered no plea to a charge of breaching a protection order.
“We’ve shown a lot
of leeway for Mr Chaloner,” JP Whitta said.
He is to appear in
Court on October 13.
who faces eight charges of theft as a servant, will also appear in Court on
October 13 to enter a plea.
Williams, who faces a charge of wounding with intent to injure, has had her
matter adjourned to November 10. She was
remanded on bail on the conditions that she was not to leave the Cook Islands,
that she must surrender her passport and continue to reside at her current
appeared before the Court facing charges of driving with excess breath alcohol,
found drunk in a public place, and using profane indecent language in a public
place. She was remanded at large and had her matter adjourned to October 27.
Sang Parker appeared in Court, and pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with
excess breath alcohol and careless driving causing injury. A sentencing date is
pending a probation report.
pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cannabis. His sentencing date is
also pending a probation report. He has been remanded on bail.
Michael Brown, who
faces charges of careless driving and refusing a breath test, has had his case
adjourned to November 10. He is remanded on bail, which includes the condition
that he is not to purchase alcohol.