Alcohol and assault cases keep court busy

Friday 11 May 2018 | Published in Crime


Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams was kept busy yesterday, hearing a total of 49 cases at the Cook Islands High Court.

Most these cases were adjourned until a later date, adding even more pressure on an already-backlogged court system. There were 19 cases involving driving offences, 11 of which concerned excess breath alcohol charges.

Statistics recently released by the Cook Islands police revealed there were 49 crashes in the first four months of this year, up five on the same period last year.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in over 31 percent of all crashes last month.

Local adult males accounted for around 43 per cent of those injured as a result of a motor vehicle incident.

Fifty percent of the accidents occurred between the hours of 7am and 3pm.

“This is particularly worrying given the number of alcohol-related incidents” said the police statement.

A total of 22 vehicles were involved in incidents last month, 55 percent of which were motorcycles. Only one motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet.

A total of 15 cases involving violence were also heard in court yesterday, most of them either for “common assault” or assaulting a female.

The case involving a five-man brawl outside Rehab nightclub in Avarua was also heard by JP Williams. The altercation allegedly took place in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday, April 24.

Williams was told the case had been resolved outside of court.

The Crown will now be withdrawing all charges relating to the incident.

It is believed the parties involved reached a mutual agreement between themselves.

A number of them have also made donations to Punanga Tauturu counselling services.

The remaining cases heard on Thursday involved charges ranging from burglary to the cultivation of cannabis.