Crime & Court

Two Officers Face Serious Crime Charges: ODPP

One faces assault charges while the other on bribery and falsifying charges.
03 Jun 2020 11:28
Two Officers Face Serious Crime Charges: ODPP

Two Police officers were among the 36 people charged with a total of 42 counts of separate incidents in May, says the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

A 34-year-old Police officer was charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm to his 33-year-old wife while a 50-year-old Police officer was charged with receiving a bribe of $50 and falsifying a traffic accident report.

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 alleged incidents of serious crimes other than sexual violence offences, which are recorded and published separately.

The alleged offences were murder (2), manslaughter arising from breach of duty (1), aggravated robbery (7), robbery (1), aggravated burglary (11), burglary (1), theft (11), receiving stolen property (1), receiving a bribe (1), falsifying a document (1), assault causing actual bodily harm (2), act with intent to cause grievous harm (1), unlawful wounding (1) and unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs (1).

Of the 36 accused persons, one was a juvenile.

A 14-year-old boy was charged with one count of aggravated robbery. The juvenile allegedly robbed a 20-year-old man of his mobile phone and cash worth $399.

There were 27 victims of the 42 counts of separate alleged incidents. There were five alleged incidents where the accused and the victims were related.

A 69-year-old man was charged with the murder of an 82-year-old man.

The accused allegedly hit the victim causing him to fall back and hit his head on the pavement, which resulted in his death.

In another alleged incident, a 21-year-old man was charged with the murder of a 40-year-old man.

The accused allegedly attacked the victim with a cane knife because he thought the victim had stolen his mobile phone.

A 36-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were charged with manslaughter arising from breach of duty after they left their five-year-old son unsupervised, which resulted in his death after sustaining burns from falling into hot springs.

A 24-year-old woman was charged with an act with the intent to cause grievous harm after she poured boiling water over her 30-year-old de facto partner.

A 34-year-old man was charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm to his 32-year-old wife.

There was one alleged incident where a 48-year-old man was charged with one count of unlawful wounding after he allegedly attacked his 26-year-old son with a cane knife.

Cash and assorted items ranging from $20 to over $19,500 were allegedly stolen during the aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft offences, which consisted of home invasions, shop and service station burglaries, daylight and night street robberies as well as vehicle robberies.

A 41-year-old man was charged with the unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs. He allegedly cultivated 10.3 kilograms of marijuana.

Four cases were withdrawn after discontinuances (Nolle Prosequi) were filed because of insufficient evidence.

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