Domestic violence a continuing issue

Wednesday October 21, 2015 Written by CS/Release Published in Crime
Acting Inspector Rebecca Hosking Ellis of the Cook Islands Police Service. 15102026 Acting Inspector Rebecca Hosking Ellis of the Cook Islands Police Service. 15102026

Domestic violence continues to be a problem on Rarotonga, with six incidents reported to the Cook Islands Police Service over the weekend.


At about 3am on Sunday morning police received a call from a distraught mother whose daughter was allegedly being seriously assaulted by her partner.

The victim, a 33 year old female, was admitted to hospital for medical care from her injuries. She is in stable condition. Her partner was arrested.

“Inquiries are continuing to piece together the sequence of events leading to the assault and further charges will be laid,” said acting Inspector Rebecca Hosking Ellis.

At 8.53am on Sunday morning, police received a phone call from a 31 year old female who alleged she had been assaulted by her partner. The woman was taken to hospital for a medical examination and was later discharged.  A 48 year old male person was arrested and charged with assaulting a female.

The remaining four incidents involved verbal arguments between partners. 

Hosking-Ellis emphasized that domestic violence is a crime. 

“It is not acceptable for any person to assault another person even if she or he is a family member or your partner.

She said police appreciated the help of family members, neighbours and the public for reporting domestic violence.

“To our leaders in the Cook Islands, please, talk to your people. We take domestic violence seriously - you commit the crime, you face the consequences.”

Meanwhile, vehicle accidents are continuing, despite regular warnings from police about the dangers of speeding and drink-driving.

At about 2.37am on Friday, October 16, Police received an anonymous call about a crash on the main road in Turoa, Titikaveka. One motorcycle was involved and the driver suffered lacerations on his right knee. A 37 year old male was arrested and charged with driving with excessive blood alcohol.  He was bailed and appeared before the court the following day.

After pleading guilty he was convicted and fined $450 plus court costs of $30, as well as being ordered to pay $150 medical costs. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and told to surrender his driver’s licence to the court registrar.

On Friday afternoon at 1.57 pm, a motorcycle crash occurred at Harley Street, Nikao. Police said the rider had become dizzy and had fallen off her motorcycle.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

A motorcycle rider who fled the scene after being involved in a crash at about 2.45am on Saturday was identified, and police are continuing enquiries into the incident.

An accident involving two motorcycles on the main road in Parengaru.was reported to police at about 2.09am on Sunday.

The person who reported the matter said one motorcycle had been ridden away and when police arrived, there was no-one at the scene of the accident, which apparently involved the motorcycles hitting a hedge.  Police investigations are continuing.

Eight riders stopped by police over the weekend were found to have been drinking and had their motorcycles confiscated.

Hosking-Ellis said some drivers were persisting in ignoring police warnings, road safety campaigns and court reports and the presence of police on the roads over the weekend.

“Some drivers continue to disregard their lives after consuming alcohol and run the risk of injury or death.

“Although no serious crashes occurred last weekend, police appreciate those who take notice of the warnings and look for alternative means of travel,” she said.

Anyone with  information regarding any of the above incidents or past incidents involving crimes or  should call Cook Islands Police Service. The emergency number is 999 and the alternative number 22499.

All information is strictly confidential.

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