Crime

Coconut tree smash earns $100 fine

Sunday October 29, 2017

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.

Sentences suspended after apologies

Tuesday October 24, 2017

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.

Criminal court was busy on Thursday with over 59 cases coming before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams in the Avarua High Court.

Domestic violence soars

Friday October 20, 2017

Domestic violence in the Cook Islands is following the same trend as youth offending and has reached an all-time high.

A couple facing a joint charge of burglary had their curfew lifted when they appeared in the Avarua High Court before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams last week.

Assaults bring suspended sentence

Monday October 16, 2017

A young man was granted a suspended sentence in the Avarua High Court last week after pleading guilty to two assault charges.

A man facing charges of common assault and assault with intent to injure has been declared a flight risk.

A 16-year-old facing a string of burglary charges had his case adjourned and was placed on a strict curfew when he appeared in the Avarua High Court on Friday.

Assault discharge overturned

Tuesday September 19, 2017

A JP’s recent decision to discharge a 20-year old man without conviction on an assault charge has been overturned by Justice Patrick Keane.

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