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Report: Two Police Officers Face Charges

Report: Two Police Officers Face Charges
September 05
11:00 2017

Serious Crime
(Non-Sexual Violence Offences) Statistics – August 2017

Two Police officers face charges of theft and assault in the month of August, latest data from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions revealed.

The data is confined to incidents of serious crimes other than sexual violence offences, which are recorded and published separately.

The data is authorised for release by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and relates to the number of formal indictments (Information) filed in the High Courts of Fiji by the Director of Public Prosecutions throughout the month.

There were 76 people charged with a total of 64 counts of separate incidents in August. The offences were attempted murder (1) aggravated robbery (23), attempted aggravated robbery (1), aggravated burglary (11), theft (8), receiving stolen property (1), money laundering (3) assault occasioning actual bodily harm (4), act with intent to cause grievous harm (1), trafficking in persons (4), domestic trafficking in persons (3), criminal intimidation (1) and sexual servitude (3).

Of these 76 people charged, two were Police officers. One Police officer was charged with theft and receiving stolen property while another Police officer was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

There were 7 juveniles who were also charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft offences.

There were 49 victims of these serious offences. Three of whom were victims of domestic disputes. One of these incidents involved a 56 year old grandmother who is charged with a count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She is alleged to have assaulted her 10 year old grandson.

The attempted murder incident occurred after a wedding in the Western Division.

Cash amounts ranging from $50 to over $12,500 were stolen from individuals (including tourists), homes and taxis during the alleged aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary offences.

Over $35,000 was also stolen from a resort and their employees in the Western Division. Household items, laptops, mobile phones and jewellery were also stolen during these incidents. A number of aggravated robberies were Daylight Street mugging incidents.

Three Chinese nationals were charged with money laundering.

They are alleged to have laundered amounts in excess of $136,000 through a local bank.

Two cases were withdrawn after discontinuances (Nolle Prosequi) were filed. In one of these cases two Chinese men, one man from Thailand and one man from Hong Kong were convicted and sentenced for trafficking in persons, domestic trafficking in persons, rape and sexual servitude charges in 2012.

They were released on bail in 2016 after filing an appeal. A retrial was ordered after the Court of Appeal quashed their convictions, however, due to the inability to locate the complainants, a Nolle Prosequi was filed and the men were discharged.

Refer to the table entitled ODPP Serious Crime (Non-Sexual Violence Offences) Statistics August 2017 for a break-down of these statistics.

Source: ODPP

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