Drunkenness played a significant role in violence on Rarotonga over the weekend, and police say booze is fuelling too much unruly behaviour on the island in the lead-up to the festive season.
There were multiple incidents, many in the early
hours, with one brawl in town spilling out on to the Main Rd, with several people
The fight, in the vicinity of the T-Shirt Factory, was
called in about 1am on Sunday.
Those involved in the altercation continued scrapping
despite a police presence.
Police said the brawl continued uncontrolled until the
Investigations are continuing and police had no other
details on the matter on Monday.
Another fight was reported at the Hula Bar about
11.40pm on Friday. Police confirmed they are following up two individuals of
interest, being in relation to that incident.
Friday night kicked off with two complaints related to
drunken behaviour, excessive noise, and a reported assault on a female.
Police on Monday said the assault on the female is
still being followed up. It was reported about 4.30am on Saturday.
Two more assaults were reported on Saturday, one at
6pm and the other at 7pm.
The earlier one resulted in an arrest in what was
described by police as another alcohol-related fight.
The second complaint is being followed up, police
A man was concussed when he crashed his motorcycle at
the seawall about 11.10pm on Saturday.
Police are awaiting blood specimen results.
Police staff will be on a reinforced roster from
Friday to cover the festive period, as there is ongoing concern that alcohol is
fuelling too much unruly behaviour in the lead-up to Christmas.
“One week out from Christmas, and the signs are that
alcohol abuse is going to top the list of priorities for Police in keeping the
community safe and at peace,” spokesman Trevor Pitt said.
Police concerns over drunken behaviour, particularly
in the town area during the festive period, will also focus on the
responsibilities of licensed premises, he said.
“Disorderly behaviour won’t be tolerated, including
drinking in public places (anywhere designated as public space).”
Meanwhile, motor vehicle crashes on Rarotonga have
cracked the 200 mark as expected this year, heading back to pre-Covid-19
With half a month left to round off 2022, reported
road crashes stand at 201.
One road incident late last week tipped the total over
200, when a motorcyclist crashed at the Avarua roundabout.
Police were called at 12.35am on Friday
A blood specimen was sought from an 18-year-old female
driver, who was transported to hospital with injuries.
While the Covid years (2020-2021) reflected a
significant drop in the annual number of crashes, the causes of the accidents
have consistently reflected poor driver behaviour and attitudes, police
Last month, 49 per cent of the charges brought before
the court were for traffic offences.
Just over 60 per cent of those involved careless driving