Drink-driver jailed for week

Tuesday February 05, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Turua Kita was convicted and sentenced at the Cook Islands High Court to one week in prison.

 

Kita, who was charged with excess breath alcohol (EBA), appeared before Justice of Peace Georgina Williams last Thursday.

JP Williams said this was Kita’s third appearance in court in relation to a drink-driving and an assault offence.

The court was told that on Saturday, November 17, 2018 Kita was driving a motor vehicle around 11.52am in Avatiu approaching CITC Supermarket. Police stopped him and he was required to accompany them to the police station and take a breathalyser test.

The test result was 970 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

Police prosecutor sergeant Fairoa Tararo said drink-driving is a serious offence in the Cook Islands.

He said Kita has appeared on an assault charge in 2013 and had appeared for EBA charge previously. He said the defendant has not learned his lesson and therefore recommended short-term imprisonment and mandatory disqualification of Kita’s driver’s licence.

The probation report, however, stated that Kita’s wife resided in Pukapuka with her elderly brother and Kita resided in Nikao with his brother, sister and three children under the age of 12.

JP Williams said he had been sentenced to probation in the past in regards to drink-driving.

“Therefore a short prison term shall be imposed.”

JP Williams noted those who depended on Kita and said: “I hope this short experience will help you change your attitude in the future.”

“You are convicted and sentenced to one-week imprisonment, hopefully that will give you an idea of what to expect the next time you are in court - you will get months. Take this as a warning.”

Kita was also disqualified from holding and obtaining a driver’s licence for 12 months.

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