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Grave diggers

Luke Rawalai
Monday, January 21, 2013

TWO teenagers are in police custody in Savusavu on Vanua Levu for alleged involvement in witchcraft.

Police yesterday confirmed the two — a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old — allegedly dug up the grave of a man who had died some years ago and hid the skull some distance away.

Spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the Savusavu Police Station yesterday received a report from a man alleging a group of youths had dug up his elder brother's grave to retrieve the skull for purposes best known to them.

"Upon investigation, it was revealed that on the 10th of November 2012, three youths, two aged 17 and one aged 19 years, had made plans to dig up the grave of a 60-year-old man who had died four years ago," Ms Naisoro said.

"However, proceeding with the alleged plan was a 17 and 19-year-old who took the skull of the deceased and hid it under a tree one and half kilometres from the grave for the alleged purpose of witchcraft," she said.

"Police have managed to uplift the skull from where it was buried and it is now in the custody of the Savusavu Police Station," she added.

"Under section 263 of the New Crimes Decree, a person commits a summary offence if he or she holds himself or herself out as being able to cause by supernatural means, fear, annoyance or injury to another person in mind, person or property; or pretends to exercise or who practises, whether on an isolated occasion or otherwise, witchcraft or sorcery," said Ms Naisoro.

"The penalty for those committing the offence is a maximum of five years imprisonment," she said.

Ms Naisoro said the two youths were being questioned as their investigations continued.





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