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Police charge seven accused of gang rape

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

POLICE have charged the seven men who allegedly raped a 16-year-old student in Savusavu on Vanua Levu have been charged with one count of rape.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that all accused aged between 16 to 30 years would be produced at the Savusavu Magistrates Court today.

"The accused are alleged to have had unlawful carnal knowledge of the victim in an empty house in the early hours of the third of this month," Ms Naisoro said.

"She was allegedly told to wait in a house when one of the suspects then allegedly raped her," she said.

Ms Naisoro said that following the first incident, the remaining six accused then all came into the house and allegedly took turns raping the victim.

In a separate incident, a suspect in a knifing incident at Seaqaqa on Sunday afternoon was still in police custody awaiting his court trial.

Ms Naisoro said the victim in the incident was still recovering at the Labasa Divisional Hospital.