Court news – Sold cannabis to ‘support family’


SOPHIE Hohipera Rakuraku, 54, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with the intention of dealing when she appeared in the Opotiki District Court on Thursday.

Rakuraku was discovered in possession of more than two ounces of the drug during a police raid on January 31, and claimed the dealing was to support her family.

Judge David Cameron sentenced Rakuraku to three months of community detention and nine months of supervision, and ordered the drugs and related objects be destroyed.


Intensive supervision review

TE Pounamu Tawhai appeared in Opotiki District Court last week for a review of his intensive supervision sentence.

Judge David Cameron heard Tawhai had been “completely non-compliant” with the sentence.

He remanded Tawhai in custody to reappear on June 20.

Possession of cannabis

Mikhail Tatatini pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis when he appeared in court last week.

Judge Cameron fined the 20-year-old $250 plus court costs and ordered destruction of the cannabis Taiatini will reappear on June 20 on a charge of breaching his community work sentence.

Breached release conditions

BLAIN Tauwawa Maihi, 39, pleaded not guilty to stabbing a person, two breaches of release conditions and failing to stop for police.
Maihi was remanded in custody to reappear on June 6 for a case review hearing.

Drink driving

JOSEPHINE Kahika pleaded guilty to drink driving.

When stopped by police on Church Street on March 21, the 51-year-old had a breath alcohol level of 921 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, almost four times the legal limit of 250mcg.

Kahika was remanded to reappear for sentence on June 20.

Received stolen goods

TAMAHE Kaukau, 19, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods valued at $3000, knowing the goods had been stolen.

Judge Cameron ordered Kaukau to pay $1000 reparation to the victims.

Prison term ‘inevitable’

DUET Tuhoro Walker pleaded guilty to drink driving and two charges of assault.

Judge Cameron heard Walker had driven with a breath alcohol level of 725mcg and was ineligible for an electronically-monitored sentence because the residents of the proposed property did not all consent to him living there.

“A prison term today was inevitable,” said Judge Cameron.

The 45-year-old was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

Careless driving causing injury

JOHNNY Raharoi Moko pleaded guilty to driving carelessly and causing injury to another motorist as a result.

Judge Cameron heard Moko had pulled out onto a road in his vehicle, forcing two riders on a motorcycle to swerve to avoid a collision.

As a result, both riders were taken off the road, with one sustaining moderate injury.

Moko was fined $500 plus $130 in court costs, and disqualified from holding a licence for six months.

He was ordered to pay $400 and $250 respectively in emotional harm reparation to the two victims.

Remanded to reappear

DANIEL James Taingahue, 28, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis, and pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen goods valued at $1000, unlawful possession of a firearm and offensive weapon, and breaching community work.

Judge Cameron remanded Taingahue to reappear on June 20.