James Kiriau was sentenced to 12-months’ probation service for a charge of common assault.
Senior prosecutor sergeant Fairoa Tararo said this was a serious matter and was not his first appearance on a similar charge.
The defendant should be held accountable for an incident that happened after he was drinking alcohol.
Tararo suggested 12 months’ probation with six months’ community service and no consumption of alcohol.
However, defence lawyer Mark Short requested that instead of the six months’ community service, his client be ordered to pay a fine or to give a donation to any of the counselling services available on Rarotonga.
Short said the assault took place when a young man made comments to his niece, which he did not like.
Justice Carmen Temata said this was Kiriau’s fourth assault charge; three were for similar offences and the last charge was in 2016.
“You denied punching the victim with a closed fist and said you slapped him, but you can’t be going around assaulting people, it is not acceptable,” said Temata.
In 2016, he was sentenced to 12 months’ probation.
Temata said Kiriau got credit for undergoing counselling, as he recognised anger was a problem for him.
She sentenced him to 12 months’ probation with the condition he not consume alcohol, not enter licensed premises, continue counselling and not leave Rarotonga with the courts approval.
“Don’t do it again, it is not worth it,” Temata advised.