Global fuel price movements over the past four months have brought an increase in the price of petrol, diesel and LPG in the Cook Islands.
Having defendants flee the country is nothing new for the Cook Islands Police Service, but it still creates a nuisance for them and for lawyers and Justices of the Peace.
A Rarotonga resident who pleaded guilty to stealing $100 worth of taro leaves was fined $200 when he appeared in the Avarua High Court yesterday.
Minor offences and traffic infringements dominated proceedings at Wednesday’s criminal court session in the Avarua High Court last week.
A local man charged with careless driving after he fell asleep behind the wheel of his car and hit a coconut tree, was convicted and fined $100 when he appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta on Wednesday.
Two people were granted suspended sentences and given stern warnings when they appeared before a three Justice of the Peace panel in the Avarua High Court last week.