19 Aug 2017

Cooks police accused of suppressing details of brutal assault

7:00 pm on 19 August 2017

Police prosecutors in the Cook Islands are being accused of suppressing the details of a brutal assault on a 17 year old boy.

Cook Islands Police Commissioner Maara Tetava

Commissioner Maara Tetava said a review was being carried out. The victim's family says this isn't good enough. Photo: Supplied

The victim alleges he was stabbed in the leg with a broken beer bottle after it was first smashed on his head.

But his parents have complained that police prosecutors made no mention of this in their court summary and the alleged assailant walked free of a common assault charge.

They said police sources told them the details had been suppressed because of close familiy ties between the defendant and a senior ranking police officer.

In response to the parents' complaints the Cook Islands' police commissioner Maara Tetava, has confirmed a "prosecution review of the file under the broad context of the assault incident."

The parents of the victim say this isn't good enough. They say there is a clear conflict of interest and are calling for an independent investigation into the handling of the case.