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Domestic violence keeps police busy

Tuesday August 22, 2017 Written by Published in Local

Police responded to an unusually high number of domestic violence incidents over the weekend, attending seven incidents involving family disagreements. 


The first callout was on Friday August 18 to an incident between a mother and her son in Muri. The dispute has since been settled.

Saturday morning saw a male admitted into hospital after he was assaulted by another male in Muri. Police say alcohol was a major factor in the incident.

At about 2:10am Saturday morning police responded to another callout at a Tupapa residence. Alcohol also contributed to this incident, however the matter was settled between the couple involved.

Police visited a property in Titikaveka after a complaint was filed regarding another couple caught in a domestic dispute. The female partner was allegedly assaulted and property damaged.

Police responded to a further two domestic disputes between couples, one in Maraerenga which left the female partner needing medical assistance, and another in Arorangi where a young couple were involved in an argument.

Police resolved a conflict between two males on Saturday evening, when they went to a property in Oaoa after receiving a complaint about a verbal dispute. The matter was settled between both parties and no further action was needed.

In the early hours of Saturday morning police responded to a motor vehicle crash in Taputapuatea. Reports said the driver of a motorcycle had fallen off his bike at the Empire Theatre, but by the time police arrived the driver had fled the scene. 

Police were called out to a tourist accommodation in Arorangi, where thieves had apparently gained entry through a window and stolen personal property. Investigations into the matter are continuing.

Officers responded to one excessive noise complaint over the weekend from the district of Te Au-o-Tonga, a noticeable improvement over the four noise complaints received last weekend. An abatement notice was issued, together with a warning to the home owner.

Five people were arrested over the weekend on charges including common assault, contempt of court order, possession of utensils and driving with excess blood alcohol. They will appear before the Avarua High Court later in the week.

Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents should call police on 22499. All information received will be treated as confidential.

Drivers are also reminded that the Cook Islands Police Service now has new radar guns and will be making random checks on traffic speeds. Any drivers stopped will also be asked to produce documentation including drivers’ licence, warrant of fitness and registration. A one-hour traffic stop operation on Friday of last week resulted in police issuing motorists with 40 minor offence notices.

            - Shae Osborne/Release

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