Fiji Time: 10:27 AM on Tuesday 21 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Young under lock

Shalveen Chand
Monday, July 14, 2014

AT least five juveniles are held in remand at the Boys Centre on the order of the courts, says the Social Welfare Department director Rupeni Fatiaki.

Mr Fatiaki said this trend showed criminal offenders were getting younger.

"If you look now at the number of crimes being committed by juveniles in a week, we have up to five juvenile offenders put in for remand that are waiting for their cases," Mr Fatiaki said.

"This is an increasing trend now, where juveniles are offending more."

According to the cause listings in the courts in Suva, most juveniles are in court for theft-related crimes followed by sexual offences.

Mr Fatiaki was managing the Boys Centre up until 2009 and that is why he believes there needs to be a shift from the current approach if young offenders are to be rehabilitated.

"Instead of giving them a committal sentence, under this act, it can be replaced by placing probationary officers.

"Turaga ni koro are now training as probation officers," he said.

"So instead of incarceration, they spend their time with the community, where they don't miss out school and their education.

"So they stay in the community, supervised by probation officers and the report comes to us and the courts as they progress.

"It has been proven internationally that institutionalising doesn't help.

Also, the Boys Centre will be moving from its current place in Domain to Lakeba St in Samabula by the end of the month.

Currently, before the courts are serious sex offences such as gang rape which involve juvenile as perpetrators.

The last murder involving a juvenile was in 2011 when a 14-year-old was convicted for killing a 13-year-old girl.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64210.6231
JPY 56.040353.0403
GBP 0.39160.3836
EUR 0.46120.4492
NZD 0.68830.6553
AUD 0.64090.6159
USD 0.49200.4750

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 21st February, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Death trap'
  2. Workplace accident kills man
  3. Man, 66, on remand
  4. Tough lesson for Kamila
  5. One year on
  6. Workers ready to go
  7. Hope slowly erodes
  8. Expect 'heavy rain and wind'
  9. Market renovation
  10. Poll aid offer

Top Stories this Week

  1. Villagers burn objects used for 'witchcraft' at village cleansing Saturday (18 Feb)
  2. Man dies in custody Saturday (18 Feb)
  3. Life in prison Thursday (16 Feb)
  4. Family given son's post mortem exam results Monday (20 Feb)
  5. A lifetime try as Jasa weds sweetheart Saturday (18 Feb)
  6. No more sleeping in car Saturday (18 Feb)
  7. $95,000 payout Monday (20 Feb)
  8. Acid leak at lami Thursday (16 Feb)
  9. Vosarogo living his dream Friday (17 Feb)
  10. Soejima says Fiji 'capable' Wednesday (15 Feb)