Excusing school children from the law is “not a reality” and the Police statistics and court results prove young college students are just as likely to break the law as young people who are no longer at school, says police media liaison officer Trevor Pitt.
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.
Fifteen people appeared before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams in the Avarua High Court last Thursday.
Defence lawyer Mark Short has withdrawn from representing a defendant facing six burglary charges and five charges of theft.
A 17-year-old was given a suspended sentence when he pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving in the Avarua High Court on Thursday.
A local man’s history of breaching probation, contempt of court and reoffending contributed to him being refused bail again this week.