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26 July 2021
Tuesday 20 July 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Crime, National
Rasmussen entered a guilty plea in the High
Court at Avarua on Thursday last week.
The guilty plea follows Rasmussen being found
guilty of two acts of indecent assault in the Cook Islands High Court in Avarua
on June 10.
The prominent Cook Islands lawyer was found
guilty of forcing his tongue into a 22-year-old female’s mouth twice without
The incident happened after Rasmussen offered
the victim money for sex. The court heard the amount was between $2000 and
Rasmussen was charged with an attempt to
pervert the course of justice because he told a family member of the victim he
would sue the complainant if they lost the trial.
Rasmussen appeared before Judge Peter Woodhouse, who appeared on video conference app
Brian Mason acted as Rasmussen’s lawyer and Annabel Maxwell-Scott acted for prosecution.
Rasmussen earlier entered a not guilty plea to
the indecent assault charges.
His trial ran for two days from June 9 and 10
found Rasmussen guilty of the charges the same day as the trial
The judge, in making his decision, said he found parts of the defence case unreliable, and said
one defence witness was unconvincing.
Rasmussen will be sentenced on August 18 for
both the indecent assault charges and perverting the course of justice.
Rasmussen’s will remain
on bail until he’s sentenced.
- Caleb Fotheringham