A man with a long criminal history, charged with multiple offences including rape and indecent assault, has appeared in court on additional charges.
While Daniel Akama had
vacated earlier pleas and asked for disclosure on rape, indecent assault, three
counts of burglary and contempt of court charges on May 1, he agreed to seek
legal advice when he appeared at a criminal call-over before Chief Justice Patrick
Keane in the High Court on Friday.
He now faces two charges of
rape, two of indecent assault, one of inducing an indecent act, three of
burglary, four of contempt of court, two of failing to stop and render
assistance, two of dangerous driving causing injury, one of failing to stop on
demand, unlawful taking, and excess breath alcohol.
Akama, in custody, was told
by Chief Justice Patrick Keane that he had vacated his pleas, but could review
“You have been loaded with
more charges which are serious; you need advice,” CJ Keane told him.
“You really need to take
advice from someone competent, do you accept that?
Akama said “yes”.
CJ Keane then suggested to
him that legal aid was an option, to which the defendant replied that he would
make an application for legal aid.
Crown lawyer Jamie Crawford
confirmed Akama had been given disclosure and a charge list.
Akama said he did not have
all the information.
Crawford said Police were
still awaiting forensic evidence and there did need to be some priority, given
the nature on the main victim.
CJ Keane said he would adjourn
the matter to July 28 and told Akama to make an application for legal aid
before he left the building.
Akama appeared in court in February facing a multitude
of charges, including dangerous driving and failing to stop, where he told a
Judge he wanted his case dealt with “sooner rather than later”.
Akama, in custody at the time, appeared on charges of
unlawfully taking, two of dangerous driving causing injury, excess breath
alcohol, two of failing to stop and render assistance, failing to stop on
demand, and three contempt of court charges.
He told the court he didn’t want legal representation
and wanted the matter dealt with “now”, and that the matter was “dragging” on.
“I’m not happy,” he said at the time.
Akama said he had already entered a plea in the
Criminal Court, while Probation said a report had been ordered, but they were
waiting on new charges.
At the time, CJ Keane said he understood Akama’s
frustration and said he would have the matter called so it could be dealt with
In 2020, Akama was convicted for taking a safe box and
damaging restaurant property.
Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata sentenced him to a
jail term of two years and six months. His two-and-a-half-year sentence
reflected not just the severity of this crime – but the fact it was the tenth
time he had been before the court.