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JP has warning for EBA defendants

Friday January 11, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Eleven people charged with driving with excess breath alcohol appeared before Justice of Peace Georgina Williams at the Cook Islands High Court yesterday.

 

JP Williams reiterated that defendants being charged a third time with EBA could be sent to prison.

Teariki Tuiravakai entered a guilty plea after being caught driving a motorcycle on January 4 under the influence of alcohol.

The court heard his alcohol breath level was over the legal limit. Tuiravakai was convicted and fined $200 with $50 court cost. He was ordered to clear the fine and court cost before departing the country yesterday afternoon.

Paul Matapo did not enter a plea and asked the court for extra time as he wanted a legal representative. The case was adjourned to February 28.

Ngatamaine Sila’s case was adjourned to next week, as was Andrew Iroa’s.

George Ellis, who was represented by defence counsel Norman George, did not enter a plea. The matter was adjourned to February 21.

Tupapa Manuel was convicted and fined $300 with $50 court costs.

He entered an early guilty plea after being caught driving a motorcycle on January 4 with an alcohol breath level above the legal limit.

He was ordered to surrender his driver’s licence and faces a 12-month disqualification.

Christopher Story was convicted and fined $250 and $50 court cost. Before entering a guilty plea, Story apologised to the court, showing remorse. This was his first appearance.

JP Williams accepted the apology, but ordered Story to surrender his driver’s licence, disqualifying him from driving in the Cook Islands for 12 months.

Peia Patai was convicted and fined $350 with $50 court costs and was disqualified from holding a driver’s licence for 12 months.

The court heard that on January 4, Patai was apprehended driving a scooter under the influence of alcohol. His alcohol level was recorded at 850mg/litre of breath.

Bruce John entered a guilty plea and was convicted and fined $400 and $50 court costs. He was ordered to surrender his driver’s licence and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. It was his second appearance in court.

Nae Williams was convicted and fined $150 and $50 court costs. A 12-month driver’s licence disqualification was also imposed.

Disney Moetaua was convicted and fined $300 plus $50 court costs.

The court heard on December 30, Moetaua drove a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Moetaua entered a guilty plea and was disqualified from holding a driver’s licence for 12 months.

Those convicted were advised that for employment reasons, they could apply for a temporary driver’s licence after six months.