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Letters: Prosecuting liquor outlets

Monday 20 November 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion


Letters: Prosecuting liquor outlets

Dear Editor, Following the trouble at Rehab Bar this writer has been waiting for any comment from the Police as to any suggestion that serving already intoxicated patrons might lead to violence fuelled by the legal drug alcohol.

e recall Police spokesman Trevor Pitt, when asked why there had never been a prosecution of a liquor outlet for continuing to serve a drunk customer who then went out and was involved in a road crash, telling us that the Police needed “proof” of continuing to serve.

Can Mr Pitt now please tell the public if the same level of investigation that is on-going in respect of the alleged criminal alcohol-fuelled violence, is on-going into any possible breach by Rehab of the conditions of its liquor license?

Or are we, as a community, happy with decades long treating the symptoms and not the cause of the violence over the years at this and other bars?

(Name and address supplied)


Thank goodness we have people of the calibre of Teherenui Koteka on Rarotonga, who singlehandedly started a petition questioning the injustice of bail conditions set by the court recently, with regard to that vicious brawl at Rehab.

Thankfully that petition and subsequent public outcry prompted a very positive response by Police and the courts, and tougher action has been seen to take place by those parties, but this situation should never have been allowed to get this far.

(Name and address supplied)