Paroled killer breaches conditions

Monday March 25, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Convicted murderer Taimou Taverio has been ordered to come up for sentencing at the Cook Islands High Court if called upon at any time in the next three years after breaching conditions of his parole.

Taverio was charged for breaching probation orders and appeared before Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams QC last Wednesday. Taverio pleaded guilty to the charge.

Chief Justice Williams said the defendant was paroled in November last year and appeared before the court for sentencing for breaching probation orders by entering a liquor licensed premises, a nightclub in Rarotonga.

Chief Justice Williams said: “You were sentenced for life imprisonment for murder on June 27, 2003 and after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get parole, you were finally given parole in November, 2018.

“You have only been on parole for about four months. Two of the conditions on which you were granted parole were not to go into any liquor licensed premises and to not buy or drink alcohol.”

However, he said that the defendant on February 23 this year, as part of a routine patrol by probation services, was found in a bar in Rarotonga.

He said according to his partner, the defendant was there to drive her home as she had consumed alcohol and he was sober.

“Probation services however said you appeared to be drunk, you were dancing.”

He said when probation services tried to bring the defendant out of the nightclub, the defendant created a disturbance and made a nuisance of himself.

“Additionally, probation services filed an application for you to be recalled to prison to serve the rest of your sentence, under section 20 of the Criminal Justice Act.”

 “Probation strongly urged to recall you to prison. Mr Short on your behalf said you were misguided and suggested that a fine be imposed.”

He said the only person who had the power to recall a paroled person back to jail was the Minister for Justice under section 20 of that Act.

He dismissed the application from probation services.

Chief Justice Williams said: “To ensure that both the court in addition to probation services have some supervision over you for some time to come. You were sentenced to life imprisonment; you are going to have the possibility of recall over your shoulder for the rest of your life.

“You made one very silly error after a short parole.”

He ordered the defendant to come up for sentence if called upon anytime in the next three years under section 130 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1980-81.

He explained that if the defendant reoffended again, he would return for sentencing on the current charge in addition to the new charge he would face.

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