24 Peo­ple In 44 Sep­a­rate Rape, Sex­ual Of­fences

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There were 24 peo­ple charged with a to­tal of 44 sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Oc­to­ber. The fig­ure was re­lease by the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions (ODPP). This re­lates to the num­ber of for­mal in­dict­ments (In­for­ma­tion) filed in the High Courts of Fiji by the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions through­out the month. This data is con­fined to in­ci­dents of se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fences only.

The of­fences were rape (30), ab­duc­tion with in­tent to rape (2), as­sault with in­tent to rape (2) in­cest (5) and sex­ual as­sault (5). There was one per­son charged un­der the age of 18 years. There were 23 vic­tims of the 44 sep­a­rate in­ci­dents. There were a to­tal of 13 vic­tims of se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fences un­der the age of 18 years. The youngest vic­tim was 6 years old and the ac­cused was her 65 year old grand­fa­ther. There were nine sex­ual of­fences that oc­curred where the vic­tims were re­lated to the ac­cused per­son. There were three mat­ters with­drawn af­ter dis­con­tin­u­ances (Nolle Prose­qui) was filed. There were two mat­ters where the vic­tims made false com­plaints. They will be charged for mak­ing false com­plaints. Re­fer to the ta­ble en­ti­tled ODPP Rape and Sex­ual Of­fences Sta­tis­tics Oc­to­ber 2016 for a break-down of th­ese sta­tis­tics.

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