An Australian tourist says she was indecently assaulted by an intruder at one of Rarotonga’s most well-known resorts.
The woman’s husband has spoken publicly, blaming Club Raro’s inadequate security for the attack.
Police have now charged a man over the April 7 incident.
He will appear in the High Court on July 4, accused of burglary, common assault, assault on a female and aggravated assault. He has not been charged with any indecency offence.
This is the second overseas national to lay an assault complaint in the past few months.
Fiji issued an emergency passport to a young woman so she could flee the Cook Islands, where she said she was raped and kept as a sex slave for six years. Police are investigating.
The Australian woman’s husband approached Cook Islands News, after sharing his concerns on social media.
“Club Raro resort had no security fence to stop intruders coming in from the side streets, or cameras installed where we were forced to stay,” he said.
“An intruder sexually attacked my wife and I … Is this news being swept under the carpet?”
Club Raro general manager Donye Numa said she could not comment on the matter because it was before the court, and she did not want to jeopardise a trial.
Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said the matter has not been swept under the carpet as the accused was already before the court.
On June 6, the man appeared before Justice of the Peace Georgina Williams. Defence counsel Mark Short asked for an adjournment to look through the disclosures.
The man has been on bail since his first appearance before the court on April 9.