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11 November 2022
Sunday 13 November 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Court, Crime, National
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511
Ngatokorua William had his case adjourned because of a
conflict of interest with the Justice of the Peace in the Criminal Court at
William appeared on Thursday charged with excess
breath alcohol and careless driving.
JP Vania Kenning told the court there was a conflict
of interest but did not say what her relationship with the defendant was.
Police told the JP the conflict probably would not
matter because the penalty for excess breath alcohol were already set if
William pleaded guilty.
JP Kenning started to proceed with the matter but
changed her mind.
“Just to remove myself from any public criticism or
anything like that we are going to adjourn,” the JP said.
The matter is adjourned for November 17.
for blood results
A woman caught twice over the legal breath alcohol
limit is waiting on blood results.
Tarusila Natalawa charged with excess breath alcohol
appeared in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday.
The court heard on November 5 she had 660 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of
breath. The legal limit is 250 micrograms per litre of breath.
However, Police asked
to adjourn the matter because they were still waiting on the blood alcohol
Justice of the Peace Vania
Kenning adjourned the matter for November 17.
moves to High Court
Roimata Pekepo pleaded guilty to careless driving
causing injury in the Criminal Court at Avarua.
Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning moved the matter to
the High Court because of the seriousness of the charge.
“It’s outside of my jurisdiction it will go to the
judge, so prosecution is recommending you do get a lawyer,” the JP said.
Police asked for Pekepo to hand in her passport as part
of bail conditions.
The matter is adjourned to a date to be set by court
Tangitoru Tangimetua pleaded guilty to excess breath
alcohol in the Criminal Court at Avarua on Thursday.
The court heard Tangimetua was caught over the legal
limit on November 5.
Justice of the Peace Vania
Kenning convicted and fined Tangimetua $480 plus an additional $50 to cover
Tangimetua was disqualified from driving for 12
Normar Maarateina was discharged without conviction after
pleading guilty to careless driving in the Criminal Court on Thursday.
The court heard on October 5 Maarateina reversed her
car out of a parking space by BSP and hit another car causing $890 of damage.
Maarateina asked the JP to be discharged without
She said it was her first appearance in the Criminal
Court, she had already paid for the damage and had given the victim a written
letter of apology.
Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning discharged
Maarateina without conviction but has asked for $50 court costs.