Plea date proposed for burglary charges

Wednesday February 05, 2020 Written by Published in Crime
Police during their investigation at the Betela Tex Mart store in 2018. 19080704 Police during their investigation at the Betela Tex Mart store in 2018. 19080704

Convicted arsonist faces two burglary charges. 


Arsonist David Tonorio and reoffender Tereapii Greig Mose could enter a plea on March 6 once an agreement on joint burglary charges has been reached with Crown Law.

This was revealed by Tonorio’s defence counsel Norman George to Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi.

Tonorio, 18, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment last year August for three counts of arson. He was found guilty of setting fire to the Friendly Mart Store in Arorangi on June 14, the Betela Tex Mart on June 22, and Raro Mart in Avarua on July 8, 2018.

He now faces two burglary charges after admitting that he and his associates broke into two homes in Titikaveka in February last year where a laptop and cash was stolen.

Tonorio also faces charges of wilful damage and three counts of theft with co-offender Tereapii Greig Mose.

Norman George said they have been in discussion with Crown Law and have agreed to adjourn the matter, adding his clients could enter pleas to bring closure to the case.

Mose, who was initially charged last year November for aggravated robbery at Tex Mart Store in Arorangi, was in custody two weeks ago for similar offence. He was granted bail last week.

Defence counsel Mark Short argued that his client was now employed in a construction company and requested for bail.

Short said the employer requested for Mose’s release for employment purposes and said the chance would help his client prove that he is capable of change.

He said he knew Mose faced prison time but “at the moment wanted to prove himself”.

Mose was granted bail and the case has been adjourned to March 6.

He is alleged to be involved in a number of beachside thefts and home break-ins last year with his associate Tuterangi Ataera, who has already admitted to the charges.

Ataera, who will be sentenced tomorrow, was also granted bail by the High Court on the condition of curfew unless he is to be at work or in the company of his parents.



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