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November 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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The involvement of juveniles in latest rape cases has become a concern for the Fiji Police Force.

Police this week recorded two separate rape cases where six students were involved.

In the first incident, four youths; a 17 year old form five student, a 16 year old form four student, a 13 year old class 7 student and a 14 year old class 8 student along with two others are alleged to have raped a 20 year old woman of Ba who was on her way back home after a wedding reception.

The victim reported the matter last weekend alleging the six men dragged her to a nearby bush and raped her.

The four students appeared in the Magistrates Court in Tavua yesterday charged with rape and have been remanded until the 20th of this month in Suva while two other men aged 36 and 30 years respectively appeared in the Magistrates Court in Tavua on Wednesday charged with two counts of rape.

In the other incident, four men appeared in the Magistrates Court in Tavua yesterday charged with rape.

The four are alleged to have raped a 14 year old girl on the 16th of August inside an empty house.

The four are two 23 year old villagers, a 17 year old form four student and a 16 year old also a form four student.

The two juveniles have been transferred to Suva at the boys centre while the two adults have been remanded at the Namosau Prison till the 20th of this month.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro said theyare pleading with the community at large to assist in talking about this issues and the consequences it will have on a person’s life if found to be guilty of such crimes.

"Both incidents should set alarm bells ringing that some of our youth are engaging in these criminal activities without seriously considering the consequences of their actions until they are brought to justice," she said.

"As a directive earlier issued on serious offences cases such as this will trigger a red alert response and criminal elements will be brought to justice due to its serious nature."

"We will not condone these serious crimes which rob innocent lives of their freedom and cause unnecessary pain and suffering."

By Reginald Chandar
 

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