A court session on Monday this week involved charges related to assault on a female, common assault, and one of being unlawfully found. The latter was referred to the Children’s Court. A fifth male appeared for sentencing but the matter was adjourned to a later date for a three-JP sitting.
The cases were mentioned in a post on the Cook Islands Police Service’s Facebook page.
“While these Facebook updates provide significant transparency to the work of the police officers, they generally do not publicise incidents involving serious crimes such as rape, molestation, and indecent acts,” police spokesman Trevor Pitt wrote.
“It is in the public interest for the community to be aware that the Cook Islands Police Service is engaged in such investigations from time to time but that the victims of serious crimes must be protected.
“Violent behaviour against women, including abuse of a sexual nature, does occur in our community and cannot be tolerated.”
Pitt said police faced “tremendous difficulty” in bringing these cases before the court.
“Where appropriate, the darkness of this behaviour should be exposed by the light of justice. Generally, domestic violence incidents have been tracking below previous year’s figures.
“Let’s hope there is a better performance in the New Year ahead.”