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Police probe laxity

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

THE police have sent files on alleged parental negligence resulting in the death of children to the Director of Public Prosecutions' Office.

This was confirmed by Fiji Police Force spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri yesterday.

Under certain sections of the Crimes Decree, police can charge parents for negligence which allegedly resulted in the death of their children.

Considering recent cases of children drowning, the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua gave a directive to investigating officers to look into the issue of parental negligence when investigating drowning deaths.

A few weeks ago, police revealed they had re-opened four files on the recent deaths of children by drowning for further investigations.

Yesterday, Insp Sokomuri said police had sent some files to the DPP's Office for a decision.

"Some files have been sent by police to the DPP's Office and we are waiting to hear something from them as far as laying of charges is concerned," he said.