Justice to deal with wide range of cases

Monday July 17, 2017 Written by Published in Local
There will be plenty of action at the High Court next week. 17071435 There will be plenty of action at the High Court next week. 17071435

Cook Islands Justice of the High Court Colin Doherty will preside over a wide range of criminal and civil court cases for the next two weeks.

 

Doherty’s two-week stint begins on Monday, opening with the jury trial of former police sergeant Masterton Enjoy.

Enjoy, defended by Norman George, faces a charge of careless driving causing injury and his trial will continue through to Tuesday.

Indecent assault-accused Tautua Iosefa is scheduled to appear for a call over on Tuesday morning and will also be represented by Norman George.

On Wednesday, Clark Iona will appear for a call over on an indecent assault charge, while another criminal jury trial will begin later in the day. Nubono Tebano, represented by Wilkie Rasmussen, will appear on three counts of indecent assault in a jury trial scheduled to continue through Wednesday and Thursday.

A judge-alone trial will be held on Friday, where Charles Boyle, represented by Norman George, will appear on a charge of careless driving causing injury. The case dates back to last year.

In the second week a call over will be held for Taana Metua John who is facing a charge of possession of a utensil for drug use. Tuesday will be sentencing day for Turuariki Manuela, who faces two counts of indecently assaulting a woman and one count of burglary.

Sammy Mataora will also hear his fate regarding a charge of wilfully setting a fire. Mataora, who is representing himself, attempted to set fire to the police station earlier this year after being arrested.

Tearoa Tomokino, defended by Wilkie Rasmussen will appear on Wednesday for sentencing on a charge of careless driving causing bodily injury. Kevin Bruce Reichardt will appear on a similar charge and will also be represented by Rasmussen.

Judge Colin Doherty is the National Executive Judge of the District Court of New Zealand. He has been a District Court Judge since 1997, following 20 years as a practising lawyer.

Doherty has presided over numerous high profile case in the Cook Islands including Operation Eagle in which he sentenced three defendants to prison for the importation and selling of cannabis.

The case instigated the largest police operation of any kind in the country.                             

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