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Man, 62, Charged with Trafficking Four Bangladeshi Men into Fiji

There were 51 people charged with a total of 126 counts of separate incidents in April.
04 May 2019 18:29
Man, 62, Charged with Trafficking Four Bangladeshi Men into Fiji

Four human trafficking cases were recorded by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for April.

A 62-year-old man was charged in connection with the cases.

They are part of the ODPP’s data confined to incidents of serious crimes, other than sexual violence offences which are recorded and published separately. This data also includes offences committed by Police officers.

There were 51 people charged with a total of 126 counts of separate incidents in April.

The offences were murder (3), aggravated robbery (5), robbery (2), aggravated burglary (9), burglary (2), theft (17), assault causing actual bodily harm (5), act s with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (2), unlawful wounding (1) , money laundering (15), fraudulent falsification of accounts (52), trafficking in persons (4), wrongful confinement (1), unlawful compulsory labour (1), criminal intimidation (2), unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs (2), attempted arson (1), damaging property (1) and breach of DVRO (1).

Of the 51 accused persons, eight were juveniles. Seven juveniles were charged with aggravated burglary and theft while one juvenile was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to his relative.

There were 46 victims of the 126 counts of separate incidents. There were eight incidents where the accused and victims were related to one another.

A 32-year-old man was charged with the murder of his 36-year-old de facto partner. The accused allegedly set fire to the victim.

A 21-year-old man was charged with the murder of a 65-year-old woman. The accused was also charged with burglary, theft and rape. (NB: The offence of rape was recorded and published separately).

In another incident, a 26-year-old and a 41-year- old man were charged with the murder of a 36-year-old man.

A 51-year-old man was charged with act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and criminal intimidation. The accused allegedly attacked his 17-year-old nephew with a caneknife for riding his horse.

In another incident, a 24-year-old woman was charged with act with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for allegedly throwing a knife at her husband with the intent to cause him grievous harm.

There were three separate incidents where the accused persons were charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to their relatives.

In one incident, a 27-year-old man was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to his 12-year-old stepson, while in another two incidents, a 20-year-old and a 36-year-old man were charged for assaulting their 25 – year – old and 35 – year – old wives.

A 27-year-old man was charged with unlawful wounding whereby he allegedly injured his 29-year-old wife by throwing a beer glass at her.

In another incident, a 50-year-old man was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to a 34-year-old man whereby he allegedly attacked the victim with a piece of wood.

There was one incident where a 62-year-old man was charged with four counts of trafficking in persons. The accused is alleged to have facilitated the entry of four Bangladeshi males into Fiji.

There was one incident where three employees of Goodman Fielder Fiji Ltd were charged with 15 counts of money laundering and 52 counts of fraudulent falsification of accounts. The accused persons are alleged to have laundered $699,585.88 from the company.

Cash and assorted items ranging from $730 to $ 80,060.45 were stolen during the alleged aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary offences which consisted of home invasions, shop s and supermarket break-in and daylight street robberies.

There were two men charged with aggravated burglary and theft of mobile phones and laptops from a Police Barracks while two other men were charged with aggravated robbery and damaging property whereby the accused persons allegedly stoned a police vehicle which was attending to an aggravated robbery report.

There were two incidents where five Chinese nationals were allegedly robbed. Two men were charged with aggravated robbery whereby they allegedly stole bags with cash from three Chinese nationals.

In another incident, a 25-year-old man was charged for allegedly stealing $1400 from two Chinese tourists, however, the matter was withdrawn after the complainants left the country and could not be contacted.

A 57-year-old man was charged with one count of unlawful confinement, one count of compulsory labour and one count of criminal intimidation of a 22-year-old Indian national. The accused was initially charged with human trafficking, however, the charge was reduced after a review of the evidence.

A 54-year-old man was charged with two counts of unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs. The accused allegedly cultivated 40.17 kilograms and 15.5 grams of cannabis sativa.

Refer to the table entitled ODPP Serious Crime (Non – Sexual Violence Offences ) Statistics April 2019 for a breakdown of these statistics.

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