Busy Easter weekend for Rarotonga police

Thursday April 20, 2017 Written by Published in Local

Police were kept busy over the holiday weekend attending to six motor accidents, three burglaries, six domestic violence incidents, seven involving excessive noise, and several other matters.


They were also involved in a sea rescue at Titikaveka on Sunday afternoon involving two swimmers who got into trouble and had to be rescued from the lagoon and ocean.

A motor vehicle crash occurred on Thursday morning outside the Foodland in Avarua, involving a motor car and a pick-up truck.

No injuries were reported and no alcohol was involved, police said. However, one of the vehicles was damaged and the matter is still under investigation.

There was a motorcycle crash on Friday afternoon on the Maire Nui Drive in front of the Energy Centre. The rider’s injuries were treated at Rarotonga Hospital. Police said alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash and the driver was scheduled to appear in court this week. 

Another motor vehicle accident was reported on Saturday morning involving a motorcyclist and a car. The accident occurred in front of the Ocean Fresh retail outlet in Panama and there were no injuries. Both the car and the motorcycle were damaged and earlier in the week the matter was still being investigated.

A car and a mini pick-up truck were involved in an accident on Sunday night in Matavera. No-one was injured, but the car was damaged.

There were two accidents on Monday. The first, involving two motorcycles, occurred in Turoa in the afternoon. There were no injuries, but earlier this week, police were still investigating all three incidents.

On Monday evening a motorcycle crashed on the back road at Atupa. The rider was not injured but was breathalysed and will appear in court.

Police also received a complaint regarding the unlawful taking of a motorcycle from a Nikao property between Saturday night and Sunday. Police are investigating this and the disappearance of a Blue Honda Wave motorcycle from a house in Titikaveka. Police say they are continuing their investigation in the matter and a number of other complaints involving unlawful taking.

Police are working to identify the culprits and say those responsible for the offences must stop.

“Serious consequences are inevitable when the law catches up on you,” a Cook Islands Police spokesman said.

A house in Titikaveka was broken into while the tenants were at home. Items taken included a wallet containing cash and cards. Two business premises in Taputapuatea were also broken into.

Police also received six complaints of domestic violence over the long weekend. Three of the incidents resulted in three males being arrested for assaulting females. The men will appear before the Avarua High Court today. No physical violence was involved in the remaining incidents, but these are still being investigated.

A visitor to the island staying in accommodation at Titikaveka discovered some of his belongings had been taken while he was out for a walk on the beach. Missing was a black bag containing the tourist’s wallet, with cash inside. Police are also investigating this matter.

Over the weekend police received seven complaints about excessive noise, with music being played so loud that it annoyed neighbours.

The owners of the party houses were spoken to by police and warned that if they continued playing loud music, their equipment would be confiscated and a fee imposed for claiming it back.

A police spokesman reminded anyone planning to hold functions likely to generate noise, to be mindful of their neighbours.

“Talk to your neighbours and tell them what you intend to do. Come to some agreement as to what time the noise will stop. Noise can come from musical equipment and from people attending functions.”

Police thank the members of the public for their assistance and patience over the Easter Weekend.

“Be mindful of your neighbours, be vigilant in keeping your homes secure and assist us in apprehending these offenders.”

Anyone with information regarding any of the above or previous incidents should call police on 22499

All information received is treated as confidential.

            - Release/CS

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