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Lawyer hopes to steer two youths away from crime

Saturday March 09, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Defence counsel Norman George hopes he will be able assist two young clients who are on a joint burglary charge to understand what they are up against.


Tereanu Teava and Isaac Nio appeared before Justice of Peace Carmen Temata at the Cook Islands High Court on Thursday where both are facing multiple charges.

Teava has also been charged for two counts of contempt of court and one count of burglary and Nio is also charged for contempt of court and careless driving.

George said: “I’m hoping that at their young age I can divert them away from crime. There are some active gangsters operating in Rarotonga.”

He said he hoped to help them so they would not continue committing crimes.

George requested an adjournment without plea and asked that a third man also charged for joint burglary appear on the same date as the two defendants.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said the third man of a similar charge would appear on another court date.

JP Temata adjourned the matter to March 28.

On another burglary matter, David Tonorio was granted bail on the conditions that he abide by his curfew from 7pm to 7am, report to the Avarua Police station every Friday between 5-6pm and reside in Arorangi with his parents.

Tonorio previously appeared in the high court and was represented by defence counsel Norman George.

George did not seek bail for Tonorio then and last week he made a bail application reassuring the court his client would not reoffend.

Tonorio appeared for a new burglary charge and George said he would need to look at the disclosure from police before a plea would be entered.

Police prosecution senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo objected to bail stating that Tonorio continuously reoffended.

George said he disagreed as Tonorio was not a danger to life and the burglary charge was not serious enough to keep a man from being home with his parents.

“I don’t agree for custody continuation, at this age he is a confused young man.

“He has been in custody for two weeks, the State has fed him and looked after him. He needs to work and has a lot of legal expenses to pay,” George added.

JP Temata agreed and granted Tonorio bail in order to seek employment.

The matter was adjourned to March 28.

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