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Friday 23 June 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, Crime, National


Fatal motorbike crash  accused granted bail

The motorbike driver accused of causing a fatal crash on June 10, late Saturday morning, has been granted bail.

Justice of the Peace John Whitta granted bail on Thursday to the accused Jonathan Elisa at the Criminal Court in Avarua.

Elisa is facing two charges including dangerous driving causing death.

The 25-year-old is the survivor of the motorbike crash in Titikaveka that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old man.

Defence lawyer Mark Short applied for bail on the grounds that Elisa is required to return to work.

Short provided a letter from the employer to the court and requested bail.

Referring to the matter before the court, Short said that his client had been charged with dangerous driving causing death, but that according to the people who had provided him letters, the deceased was alleged to have been driving.

He added that he would try to provide CCTV footage to prove that his client was not driving.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa did not oppose bail and requested for bail conditions to be imposed.

JP Whitta adjourned the matter to August 17.

He ordered Elisa not to consume or purchase alcohol, not to enter any liquor license premises, not to leave the Cook Islands without the approval of the Court and to surrender his passport.

The accused is also ordered to present himself at the Police Headquarters every Friday between 5pm-6pm. 


Sammy Mataroa on 23/06/2023

Why would the mama who witnessed the crash lie! Just because the deceased was seen driving earlier, does not mean their pair can't switch positions. Surely by now, people know that it is usually the passenger that suffers the most when involved in a bike crash.