DPP: Nine charged with 44 counts of sexual offences

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Nine people were charged with 44 counts of sexual offences in December last year alone.

There were 37 counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault and three of sexual assault.

Two of the nine offenders were juveniles.

These statistics were released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and relates to the number of formal indictments it filed in the High Courts of Fiji throughout the month.

It stated there were 10 victims of whom five were under 18 years old; and eight female and two male victims.

“There were five incidents where the victims and the accused were related to one another,” the DPP stated, among which was a case of a 32-year-old who is charged with 18 counts of rape of his 13-year-old stepdaughter.

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