The country’s sole coroner has been requested to hold an inquest into the disappearance of a Venezuelan woman in Cook Islands waters over a year ago.
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.
A case in which Mangaian man Sonny Ryan was told he would have to wait up to two years to go to New Zealand for hip surgery because there was no money available to send him there, has highlighted challenges faced by the Ministry of Health’s lifesaving patient referral scheme.
Ten witnesses are giving evidence for the Crown and prosecution in a case that will decide whether Tautua Solomona Iosefa indecently assaulted an 18-year old female last year.
A jury of nine women and three men are deciding the fate of a young man charged with indecent assault, Justice Patrick Keane telling the panel in the High Court on Monday that they were the judges of the case and “must act like judges.”
Cook Islands Police are to lodge an appeal in the High Court to overturn a recent decision handed down by a Justice of the Peace to dismiss a 21-year old man without conviction.
What police did or didn’t do that resulted in a botched court case and how a man under police investigation was able to leave the country are being investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman.
Two schools are now closed on Mangaia, highlighting the effects of continuing depopulation.