Police blunder arrest warrants

Wednesday February 28, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

Cook Islands Police have been left red-faced after two bench warrants for arrest were incorrectly issued.

In the High Court last Thursday, Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams issued warrants for the arrest of Erena Tamaine Betham and Rosaline Van Eijk, due to their non-appearance.

However, CINews has come to learn that neither woman ever received a court summons in the first place. This would appear to be a major blunder by the police. Van Eijk was arrested following the issuing of the warrant and was placed in a holding cell for an hour and a half. She was later released after the Police realised their mistake. She was left feeling “very shocked” says her grandfather in a letter to CINews (page 4). “I am trying to be very civil about this matter, but it is not a good feeling,” he said.

He went on to say that “this matter is of great concern to me and probably others”. If Van Eijk is found to have been falsely imprisoned, she may be entitled to redress.

Police Prosecutor Fai Tararo declined to comment on the matter, referring CINews to his senior, Aka Matapo, who was unavailable for comment when CINews tried to contact him.

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