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Letter: A warning to liquor outlets is long overdue

Wednesday 14 June 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion


Letter: A warning to liquor outlets is long overdue

Mr Editor, Friday’s newspaper tells the story of the school teacher’s Court case and her seeking name suppression while facing charges of drink driving after registering 1000 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

Your readers welcome the fact that you have named the drinking establishment as the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club at Tupapa.

Now, perhaps your journalist can tell us some more of the story after a bit of investigation. Can we please learn the name(s) of the bartender(s) that continued to serve this woman? Can we learn if any other patrons, less drunk perhaps, sought to take the woman’s motorbike keys off of her?

And, most importantly, can your journalist please enquire with the relevant authorities as to why this drinking establishment has not now lost its liquor licence? Details supplied


Cook Islands News sought information from Police on this matter. Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said,   ‘This incident regarding the GFC crash was raised with Police Leadership, and input to the Liquor Licensing Committee.  A warning to liquor outlets is long overdue as there is an obvious need for broader accountability by enforcing the legal responsibilities upon bar managers.”