Man’s drink-drive admission was because of fear of police

Tuesday February 18, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

Discharge without conviction sought for expat worker accused of drink driving. 

 

An expat worker says police forced him to sign a drink-drive admission he did not understand.

Pande Yasa I Kadek had admitted to the charges of excess breath alcohol and reckless driving in Avarua last year.

But defence lawyer Mark Short said the defendant was made to sign a police statement he really did not understand.

Short said the man’s employer had also tried to get police to review the case, considering Kadek “did not understand what was going on”.

A translator was also sworn in, to translate for Kadek in the High Court.

Short told the court his client was intimidated by police from his own country of Indonesia, and that’s why he complied with whatever the Cook Islands Police said to him without protest.

Short said he hoped the court would agree his client must be discharged without a conviction. “Our attempts to ask police to reconsider the case have been unsuccessful.”

“This is the reason why a guilty plea has been entered and we hope for a discharge without conviction due to the concerns.”

Police prosecutor Sergeant Fairoa Tararo asked for a written submission to the court, and said Police would reply in writing.

Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi adjourned the matter to March 4 for sentencing.

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