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Two People Over 50 years old Charged with Rape, Sexual and Indecent Assault

Two people more than 50 years old have been charged with rape, sexual and indecent assault respectively and the victims were aged six and eight years, the latest statistics have
02 Feb 2018 11:00
Two People Over 50 years old Charged with Rape, Sexual and Indecent Assault

Two people more than 50 years old have been charged with rape, sexual and indecent assault respectively and the victims were aged six and eight years, the latest statistics have revealed.

The data authorised for release by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) revealed that in one incident a 54-year-old grandfather was charged with rape and sexual assault of his six-year-old granddaughter. The alleged offence happened when the victim was alone at home with the grandfather.

In another incident a 60-year-old uncle was charged with sexual assault and indecent assault of his eight-year-old niece. The data 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.

It also revealed that there were 22 people charged with 24 separate incidents in January. The offences were rape (16), abduction with intent to have carnal knowledge (1), indecent assault (1), defilement (1) and sexual assault (5).

One 17-year-old juvenile was also charged with raping a 13-year-old girl from his village. There were 18 victims of the 22 alleged separate incidents of whom 10 victims were under the age of 18 years.

There were seven alleged incidents where the victims and the accused were related.

There was one incident where a 36-year-old man was charged with raping his 26-year-old sister after a drinking party. There was another incident where a 20-year-old man was charged with raping his 13-year-old cousin.

There were two separate cases of alleged marital rape where a 46-year-old and a 27-year-old man were charged with raping their wives. There was one incident of a gang rape where five men allegedly raped a 50-year-old woman during a home invasion.

The accused persons in this case have been also charged with aggravated robbery. (Note: The offence of aggravated robbery is recorded separately). There was one incident where a 22-year-old man allegedly raped a 35-year-old tourist at a resort and in another incident where a 22-year-old man was charged with defilement of a 15-year-old girl at a girl’s hostel.

There was one incident where a 24-year-old man was charged with the rape of another 24-year-old man. The alleged incident happened while both men were returning from a nightclub.

Refer to the table entitled ODPP Rape and Sexual Offences January 2018 for a break-down of these statistics.

Source: ODPP

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