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Breach leads to extension of community service sentence

Friday 16 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

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Breach leads to extension of community service sentence
Cook Islands High Court. Photo: Sian Solomon/21110511

A man has had his community service sentence extended by seven months after breaching his probationary conditions for the second time.

Talimealahi Tuileila appeared before Justice of the Peace Vania Kenning at the Criminal Court in Avarua on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to breaching his probationary licence.

According to the summary of facts, read out in court, Tuileila breached his probationary conditions by consuming alcohol on September 9. His conditions included that he would abstain from consuming alcohol for the probationary period of 12 months. He had previously breached his probationary conditions by consuming alcohol on June 30, 2022, where he was fined $40.

The probation office recommended that Tuileila served the remainder of his probationary sentence as community service.

In sentencing Tuileila, JP Kenning noted the fact that he had been warned previously about the consequences of breaching the probation order.

She sentenced him to serve the remaining seven months of probation on community service, fined him $40 and ordered him to pay $50 in court costs.