Tourists locked up on assault charges

Monday July 16, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

A tourist couple was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and locked in the police cells after being charged with common assault. 

The arrests followed an altercation between the couple and a taxi driver when the pair were dropped at their accommodation, shortly after midnight, a Cook Islands Police Service spokesman said. The female visitor is said to have been the complainant.

A juvenile repeat offender wanted by police for breach of bail conditions and in connection with other activity was apprehended yesterday and placed in the police lock-up.

Two motor vehicle crashes were reported in the early hours of Sunday morning. One occurred at Betela, where a pick-up carrying two people overturned.  The driver was taken to hospital and a blood specimen sought for analysis.

In the second incident, the driver of a motorcycle collided with another vehicle in Avarua. The driver was admitted to hospital and a blood specimen requested.

Late on Saturday night, police received a complaint about children loitering around at the vaka shed and annoying patrons leaving Trader Jacks. The youngsters were removed by police.

A female was apprehended by police yesterday in connection with an allegation of forgery.  She was charged and put in a police cell.

On Saturday, following a report of an incident involving reckless driving in Tupapa, a young male motorcycle rider was identified to police and forbidden from driving. His motorcycle was found to be lacking a muffler.

 A domestic dispute involving a couple at Rarotonga Hospital was reported to police early on Saturday evening. Police said alcohol was a factor in the incident. 

The car which they had been driving was confiscated and locked up until yesterday and the couple taken home.

            - Release

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