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Wrongfully charged, case withdrawn

Thursday January 31, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Charges against William Wade were withdrawn at the Cook Islands High Court last week.


Wade, who was charged for theft, had appeared before Justice of Peace John Whitta.

The court was told that Cook Islands Police Service withdrew the charge against Wade and admitted to wrongfully charging the defendant.

The police prosecution said it was a case of mistaken identity.

Defence counsel Norman George agreed with the police and the matter was withdrawn.

JP Whitta accepted the application made by police stating that officers had wrongfully charged Wade.

In other matters, a teenager was given name suppression after being charged with one count of possession of a utensil.

The matter is before a judge and has been ordered for mention for February 28. No plea has been entered.

Meanwhile, a bench warrant is out for Teautuaaveroa Tuakanangaro. He is charged with one count of theft by finding and one count of burglary.

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