A dream destination wedding turns into a horrible nightmare
A Kiwi tourist couple in Rarotonga have had their wedding hopes dashed after a heavy drinking session led to an assault.
What was supposed to be a dream wedding turned into a nightmare when the groom-to-be attacked the bride-to-be.
As a result, Jan Robert Taipari, 41, was arrested and charged with assaulting a woman.
Taipari appeared in Avarua Criminal Court on Thursday, where he pleaded guilty.
The court heard the bride then be flown home, canceling the defendant’s return flight and credit cards, leaving him stranded in Rarotonga.
The victim suffered bruises and lacerations during the attack at a seaside resort in Titikaveka on Saturday February 12.
‘They were both drunk, they had an altercation, his partner flew to New Zealand and canceled his flight home,’ defense attorney Mark Short told the court .
The accused spent 48 hours in custody after his arrest.
“I put him in a hostel,” Short said.
“He needs money to cover the cost of the hostel and the trip home.
“Hopefully he can return to New Zealand this weekend.”
The summary of facts states that the police were called to the Sea Change Villas around 11am on February 12.
Taipari had been drinking Southern Comfort with the victim at their villa in the late afternoon the previous day before taking a pub crawl bus, Going Troppo, around 7 p.m. the day before.
Around the third bar, the accused began to act differently and was refused entry to Rehab Nightclub due to intoxication.
After the clubs, the accused and the victim were taken back to their accommodation where an argument escalated.
The victim told the accused that she wanted to leave and started packing, then went to take a shower.
Taipari allegedly stopped the victim from getting out of the shower and pushed her to the floor, then while she was on the floor, after quickly putting on some clothes, he grabbed her by the hair and shorts and threw her down on the floor in the dining room. , causing the front of his shorts to tear.
He then allegedly pushed the victim with both hands on his chest causing him to fall backwards onto the ranch slide (double sliding glass doors).
The victim then managed to escape him with minor injuries and fled the villa to the reception area of Sea Change Villas where he hid from the accused.
The victim then returned to the villa where she was able to collect her backpack with her passport and her personal effects, then went to her rental car to try to sleep.
Taipari allegedly followed her to the car, grabbed her backpack, and carried her inside.
The victim hid from him and managed to retrieve his backpack, and ran to the nearby villas where she was sleeping, as she was afraid he would hurt her.
When questioned by the police, the accused denied the facts as set out in the summary of the facts.
Short offered to read the court’s letters of support for Taipari, but Justice of the Peace Georgina Keenan-Williams went straight to sentencing.
“I think under the circumstances, six months of suspension, I wish you well as you return home,” JP Keenan-Williams told Taipari.
Taipari was later given a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay $50 in court costs and $20 in medical costs.