25 Jul 2017

Cooks govt approves report into 2016 triple shootings

10:34 am on 25 July 2017

The Cook Islands government has agreed to implement most of the recommendations from an inquiry into the 2016 triple shootings on Rarotonga.

However, the Cook Islands News reported that a statement from the prime minister's office was light on detail as to exactly what measures would be implemented.

The Rarotonga home of Chris Rimamotu, an escaped prisoner who killed himself following a standoff with police after he had murdered a couple who lived two houses away.

The Rarotonga home of Chris Rimamotu, an escaped prisoner who killed himself following a standoff with police after he had murdered a couple who lived two houses away. Photo: Supplied

In October the escaped prisoner, Chris Rimamotu, shot his former partner and her friend and then killed himself.

An inquiry led by former Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Denis McDermott and retired Cook Islands commissioner Tevai Matapo found the killings were "preventable."

Of the 47 recommendations in their report, seven would require substantial funding, such as an overhaul of the prison service, while it said others could be easily implemented within the current framework.

A Select Committee agreed in principle to many of the report's recommendations, submitting its response to Cabinet in May 2017.

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