Police investigate rape claim

Thursday March 24, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

Cook Islands police are investigating another alleged rape, this time involving a female tourist visiting Rarotonga on holiday.


The investigation only came to light yesterday, after persistent efforts by CI News since Monday to get a response from police to questions about the incident.

Detective Inspector Areumu Ingaua told CI News yesterday the attack occurred at a tourist accommodation in Ngatangiia in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He said it was alleged that the victim had been asleep when someone had entered her house and raped her.

“An investigation was carried out into this matter where a person of interest was identified and questioned on the same day,” Ingaua said.

“This person is well known to the victim and the police is not looking for anyone else involved. Investigations are continuing.”

Meanwhile, an earlier case where a female person was allegedly raped and brutally assaulted in the vicinity of Atupa village in the early hours of Saturday morning is still under investigation.

Though CI News understands officers have questioned suspects in relation to the case, Ingaua said police had yet to make any arrests

“We conducted house-to-house inquiries around the scene and a lot of information has been obtained from those households which will be of assistance to our investigation,” Ingaua said.

“We are currently analysing this information.”

Ingaua said that for the past two weeks the investigation had been focusing on Hidies night club in town.

Police believe the victim was taken from the club area to a location at the backroad in Atupa where the incident occurred. 

“A number of exhibits had been sent to the Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) in New Zealand for analysis,” Ingaua said.

“We continue to seek the public’s assistance especially those who were at the Hidies nightclub on the night of Friday, March 4 and the early hours of Saturday morning.

“If anyone saw a woman in either a pink or red dress, taking a lift with someone on a motor cycle, please contact the police as we would like to talk to you.”

Anyone with information regarding the above incidents should call Cook Islands Police Service on 22499.All information received is strictly confidential.


  • Comment Link Jon David Wednesday, 30 March 2016 18:42 posted by Jon David

    I'm a male from New Zealand. On my first visit to Rarotonga in the 1990's, people were marching through town on an anti-rape protest. So clearly this is not a new problem. Equally disturbing is the lack of protection in the law. I read on a UN web site today that Cook Islands law does not recognise rape within marriage. If your attacker is your former partner, it might be difficult to prosecute as well. Here's what the UN says: "In cases of sexual violence, evidence of the victim’s prior sexual conduct with the accused can be admitted to prove consent. Cook Islands also applies the common law rule requiring proof of physical resistance in order to establish lack of consent. Cook Islands law does not recognise marital rape as a crime. - See more at: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/countries/fiji/co/cook-islands#sthash.FC1ZlMj8.dpuf"

  • Comment Link Well if the police were able to make you feel guilty then it was your fault for not telling the story right.  Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:26 posted by Well if the police were able to make you feel guilty then it was your fault for not telling the story right.


  • Comment Link J Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:58 posted by J

    I was attacked in my hotel room a number of years ago.

    The police came and took samples of his blood by cutting my nails off.

    The person who did this had a cut on them and someone must have seen this at the time when it happened at the central motel.

    It took me 12 years to be able to sleep alone at home at night without waking up dripping in sweat about the nightmare of that night.

    I hope that person feels remorse for what they did.

    The crept in during the night and attacked a lone female.

  • Comment Link pauline Friday, 25 March 2016 17:51 posted by pauline

    Come on people, this is SHOCKING!! My young girls walk the beach between friends and cousins houses and this is SHOCKING TO ME!! I am now very scared to give my girls the freedom of walking freely and enjoying this freedom that they once had.....I now WILL be walking them to and from and not feeling easy with any of this....Please Please NAME AND SHAME these people, the whanau need to be warned and also this needs to be sorted out ASAP, or you will not have any visitors wanting to stay in Paradise!! SAD SAD NEWS....

  • Comment Link Rebekah Friday, 25 March 2016 00:47 posted by Rebekah

    It sickening to think that rape happens to be on one of the safest and friendly island on the Cook Islands. It disturbing and disgusting. I feel for the victim and i don't think i would recommend any of my familys or friends to ever holidaying there.
    This kind of crime was never existed back in the days. It just make me sick now and put me off to ever coming for a visit.

  • Comment Link nani butcher Thursday, 24 March 2016 10:41 posted by nani butcher

    I was raped in Rarotonga went to make a complaint to police ended up feeling like it was my fault how sad and the funny thing about it all my dad warned me about walking home late at night also walking alone on the beach. You would think that being raped in Rarotonga didnt exist but unfortunately it happens i will safe guard my daughters visiting the islands.

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