26 Oct 2016

Cooks murder victim visited attacker the day before

From , 6:03 am on 26 October 2016

Prison guards in the Cook Islands have confirmed the female victim of a deadly shooting last Thursday visited her attacker the day before the incident.

Mary Dean and her partner Roger Tauarea were killed by escaped prisoner Chris Rimamotu - the former partner of Ms Dean - who escaped a police guard while on community release.

Our correspondent Florence Syme-Buchanan says a prison guard confirmed to a family member that Mary Dean was at the prison visiting Rimamotu the day before

She told Alex Perrottet that while the Justice Minister has praised the police efforts, the family have arrived from Melbourne and are angry at the lack of response.

Chris Rimamotu and his home.

Chris Rimamotu and his home. Photo: Supplied