Alcohol cause of weekend incidents

Tuesday April 05, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

Alcohol abuse was once again the cause of major incidents that caught police attention over the weekend on Rarotonga.


Incidents attended by the law enforcers included domestic violence, motor vehicle crashes and unlawful entry.

In his weekly report to CI News, Inspector John Hosking said officers attended four domestic violence incidents over the weekend.

On Friday, police attended a verbal argument between a mother and daughter. The daughter was removed and taken to a friend’s home.

“The second verbal argument occurred on Saturday at about 3am in Takuvaine,” Hosking said.

“It is alleged alcohol was involved, resulting in the arrest of a 45-year-old male. He appeared in the High Court on Saturday morning and was bailed with conditions. He will be re-appearing on Thursday at 9.30am.” At 7.30pm on the same day, police attended another domestic dispute where both parties were warned and offered advice on their relationship.

“Both parties will be followed up by support services.”

The fourth domestic violence incident occurred at about 5am on Sunday morning.

Hosking said alcohol was a contributing factor, but as no assault had taken place the offending party was warned.

The police domestic violence coordinator would be following up in order to provide the necessary support services.

Police also attended a number of motor vehicle crashes over the weekend.

“The first one occurred on Saturday at lunch time when a driver failed to negotiate the roundabout at Avarua,” Hosking said.

“As a result, he lost control of his vehicle and hit the bridge. A police officer stationed at the roundabout was on hand to provide assistance as both parties on the vehicle were transported to hospital for medical attention. No alcohol was involved, and driver inability may have caused the crash.”

In another road accident, a 29-year-old male person alleged to be under the influence of alcohol failed to negotiate the roundabout at Avatiu and lost control of his vehicle hitting into a wall at the Sea Salt Café.

He will be appearing in court on Thursday after he was bailed due to the injuries he received during the crash.

“The Cook Islands Police Service urges drivers of vehicles to be more proficient when using the roads as the motor vehicle crashes attended by the police could have been avoided,” Hosking said.

“And if you are going to drink, get your partner, friends or family member to pick you up. It’s not worth the risk as drink drivers will be stopped, breath or blood tested and will have to appear before the High Court.”

Meanwhile police made two arrests relating to the cases they had been investigating last week.

Police apprehended a 22-year-old male resident of Matavera who allegedly entered a home in Titikaveka during the Easter weekend.

Hosking said the High Court had directed the offender be remanded atArorangi Prison until April 14.

“A Nikao youth was arrested for an alleged serious assault that occurred on Friday night in the Avarua CBD.

“An unprovoked attack and police investigations carried out after speaking with the victim led to the arrest. The victim required medical attention as a result of the alleged attack.”

Anyone with information regarding any of the above incidents, should call Cook Islands Police Service on 22499.

“All information received is strictly confidential.”

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