Police quiz yacht owner, file to be sent to DPP
22 November, 2020, 1:26 pm
Police questioned a Savusavu yacht owner over reports that children have allegedly been sighted and overnighted on his vessel.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the result of investigations had been compiled and the case file would be sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice on necessary charges.
The Ministry of Children has also conducted its investigation and minister responsible Mereseini Vuniwaqa has referred all queries to the police.
Yesterday, Savusavu marina manager Beverly Wong confirmed that a recent incident happened on Wednesday night when the suspect allegedly arrived with a secondary school student.
“I hope something is done about this because I also fear for the safety of my daughters,” Ms Wong said.
“The watchman stopped the boy from going on to the yacht and told him to go back home because he was too young to be out at 9.30pm. “In front of us, the boy asked about the money and the yacht owner told him that the money was in the yacht,” she claimed.
“I have also informed police about this when they visited us that same night.”
The report lodged with police includes an alleged incident of when Ms Wong saw the boys – aged 14 years and under – wearing only their underwear while cleaning the bottom of the yacht.