12 Dec 2011

Pitcairn hearing adjourned because of technical glitches

5:16 pm on 12 December 2011

A judge fed up with continuous technical glitches at a court hearing in Auckland involving the mayor of Pitcairn Island has adjourned the matter until satellite connections can be sorted out.

Michael Warren has pleaded not guilty to 25 charges of possessing indecent images of children, after pictures were allegedly found on his computer during searches of his house and council office last year.

Mr Warren, who is in the Pitcairn court, was appearing via satellite link.

The connection was lost at least 17 times on Monday, and the court was adjourned three times while attempts were made to fix the problems.

The hearing will continue on Tuesday, if the satellite connection can be fixed.

The matters are being dealt with under Pitcairn legislation.

Mr Warren's lawyer want the charges, any proceedings and any potential sentencing to be dealt with under local law and legislation.

The Crown says a treaty between New Zealand, Britain and Pitcairn Island allows for the proceedings to be conducted in New Zealand and it would be much faster if they are held here.

Judge Jane Lovell-Smith has indicated she will reserve her decision at the end of the hearing, which was set down for two days.