Man escapes from police headquarters

Tuesday May 08, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
A man being held for questioning managed to escape from the Cook Islands police headquarters on Saturday night. A man being held for questioning managed to escape from the Cook Islands police headquarters on Saturday night.

A man being held for questioning escaped from the Cook Islands police headquarters on Saturday night.

Police say the man was allegedly involved in an incident in which a female was assaulted. He was brought to the station for questioning, but somehow managed to flee.

The police then began searching for the man, but were unable to determine his whereabouts. He remains at large.

The police also attended two other reports of domestic violence over the weekend. One of the incidents involved a man allegedly abusing a woman and her young child in Tupapa on Saturday afternoon. However, after they arrived at the address, police say they were unable to locate the involved parties.

The police also arrested a man in the early hours of yesterday morning, following a report of a disturbance in Avarua.

He was charged with being intoxicated in a public place, resisting arrest, and using obscene language in a public place. Another man also involved in the incident was charged with common assault and obstructing a police officer. He was bailed to appear in court Thursday this week.

Meanwhile, the Police Prosecution unit brought 99 defendants before the Avarua High Court during April, making a total of 130 case presentations regarding the defendants’ respective charges.  That’s according to the preliminary figures based on court results for last month, a police spokesman said.

“The continuing heavy workload on Prosecution also resulted in 22 adjournments that were required and dealt with during the month but a further 82 had to be adjourned to May and into the coming months,” the spokesman said.         

“Adjournments also include those cases requiring sentencing by a judge.”

Out of the 130 prosecution presentations to the court, driving violations were raised 52 times.

Excess alcohol charges were presented on 32 occasions, involving 31 defendants. Disqualified driver cases were presented seven times, involving four defendants.

The charge of refusing to provide an alcohol test was raised in court on four occasions, with two defendants involved.

Of the 99 defendants, nine faced charges involving assaults on women and a further 11 faced other assault charges.

“Eight defendants appeared on burglary charges during the month and 11 on theft charges,” the spokesman said.

“Eight defendants were involved in drugs-related charges.”

            - Liam Ratana

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