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Drowning files review

Timoci Vula
Monday, January 21, 2013

FOUR drowning files from last year have been perused by the Director Criminal Investigation Department (CID) SSP Vakacegu Toduadua.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed this in an interview and said two drowning cases were from the Western Division and two from the Southern Division.

"He (SSP Toduadua) has instructed his divisional crime officer west to pursue the investigation along the lines of manslaughter due to negligence of duty," Ms Naisoro said.

She said five drowning cases had been recorded so far this year. The latest involved twin sisters who drowned in a pond beside their home in Malolo. Of the five cases, three resulted in the death of three children, the third being a 12-year-old boy on Rabi Island.

Earlier this month, SSP Toduadua had issued a directive to investigators to review all drowning files and explore the possibility of charging parents or guardians for negligence.

He made this call citing the alarming drowning cases involving children.

Police statistics revealed that 25 out of 75 drowning fatalities last year were children under 10 years.


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