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Drunken brawl in Avarua, three charged

Saturday June 15, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

A young man charged with common assault has been convicted and ordered to come up to the High Court if called upon in the next six months.

Martin Henry Marsters, who was represented by defence counsel Wilkie Rasmussen, has admitted the charge.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said on March 9 at 2.48am in Avarua, police responded to a call where it was found that Marsters and two others were exchanging punches.

On March 12, Marsters was taken in for questioning and admitted to the facts.

Sergeant Tararo said it was not Marsters’ first appearance in court, and one of the other accused has had a suspended sentence while the other is before the Children’s Court.

Rasmussen said his client had intervened to help and it seemed like he got involved. He said it was a situation where young men were playing rough.

Marsters has appeared before but the matter had been settled through counselling reports.

“That’s beside the point,” he acknowledged, “the defendant appeared before because of a number of domestic issues in the past.”

Rasmussen said the young man come and his partner are staying together and employed.

He asked the court for leniency and suggested the young man up for sentencing after six months.

Meanwhile, Justice of the Peace Carmen Temata sentenced Donald Hallin to a $400 fine for driving with excess breath alcohol and careless driving, after he crashed his pickup truck. 

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