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Three people arrested by police over the last four days are expected to appear in court Wednesday, including a man facing a rape charge.
Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said all three arrests are
unrelated; two of the incidents happened within the last four days and the rape
case is part of an ongoing investigation.
In one matter a man is facing a charge of injuring with
intent, following an alleged stabbing in Arorangi last Friday.
In another matter, a man is facing a charge of assault on a
female. The man was arrested late on Monday night following an assault
Pitt said a police prosecution file is being prepared for
the man allegedly involved in the stabbing incident.
“Police have charged the man for the alleged stabbing of
another man with whom he had fought.
“The charge is supported by the account of the victim and
According to police, calls about a disturbance relating to
the stabbing incident were made to them shortly after 6pm on Friday. One was
from a male victim who sustained a deep wound to the back of his shoulder.
On Sunday, Pitt told the Cook Islands News some police
interviews revealed different accounts of the incident. One account was the men
were fighting and the victim fell onto broken glass.
But Pitt said the initial reports referred to the man being
stabbed from behind with a broken (pint) glass.
“This is consistent with the wound, which was jagged and had
bits of glass requiring careful extraction and the deep cut cleaning, before
Pitt also confirmed alcohol was involved and played a major
factor in aggravating the fight.