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Bail rejected for burglary suspect

Saturday March 09, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Two men who appeared on a new burglary charge appeared before Justice of Peace Carmen Temata at the Cook Islands High Court on Thursday.


Jonathan Bailey and Paulo Teio were both represented by defence counsel Norman George.

George made an application for bail for the men and requested the court for an adjournment on the matter.

However, Police Prosecutor, senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo opposed bail for Teio.

Sergeant Tararo said Teio breached his bail conditions and had an issue with reoffending.

Teio was granted bail by JP Temata last month in order for the defendant to seek legal representative and to find employment.

He is also facing charges of burglary, excess breath alcohol, unlawful taking, contempt of court and two counts of theft.

Sergeant Tararo reiterated to the court that with Teio facing similar charges, he must be remanded in custody.

Defence counsel George did not agree and said he was surprised with the application for remand.

“He (Teio) is up for an alleged charge of burglary. The defendant has a job, has documents from his employer.

“Our system allows people to have the opportunity to declare innocence. Is the police victimising defenders? Why can’t police have some tolerance?” George asked.

Sergeant Tararo objected to the statement. He said there was a need for evidence or documentation of Teio’s employment.

“He was given an opportunity to get a job. Police are not victimising the people, the people they burglarised are the ones victimised.”

Sergeant Tararo said Teio has also admitted to the evidence found by the police.

JP Temata said Teio was already given a chance by the court and she was now inclined to give him a week to get a letter of employment.

However, she said: “I’m not prepared to release him.”

She said Teio continuously breached bail conditions and he was a high-risk offender.

Teio was remanded in custody.

She granted Bailey bail on the conditions of curfew between 7pm-7am, not to interfere or communicate with Teio and to report to the Avarua Police Station on Friday’s between 5pm-6pm. He was also ordered not to purchase or consume alcohol and not to enter any liquor-licensed premises.

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