2 officers, juvenile among offenders charged in May
4 June, 2020, 1:10 am
Two police officers and a juvenile were among the 36 people charged for committing crimes last month, according to a statement from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
A 14-year-old boy was charged with one count of aggravated robbery after allegedly robbing a 20-year-old man of his mobile phone and cash worth $399.
One of the police officers allegedly assaulted his wife and was charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm. Another was charged with receiving a bribe of $50 and falsifying a traffic accident report.
A total of 27 victims were involved in 42 counts of separate incidents last month. In five of those incidents, the accused and the victim were related.
According to the ODPP, offences of theft and aggravated burglary recorded the highest incidence of 11 cases each.
This was followed by aggravated robbery with seven, two cases each of murder and assault causing actual bodily harm.
Manslaughter arising from breach of duty, robbery, receiving stolen property, receiving a bribe, falsifying a document, act with intent to cause grievous harm, unlawful wounding and unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs each recorded an incidence of one.
Cash and assorted items that were stolen ranged from $20 to $19,500.
Meanwhile, four cases were withdrawn after discontinuances (nolle prosequi) were filed because of insufficient evidence.
(Editor’s note: This article was published in The Fiji Times on Wednesday, June 3, 2020)