Serious crimes statistics reveal man dies of beating

A 21-YEAR-OLD man died after an alleged prolonged beating by three accused persons in the Western Division last month.

This was revealed in the serious offences statistics released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for last month.

A total of 66 people were charged with 71 counts of separate incidents of which 19 were aggravated burglary cases, 20 theft cases, 17 aggravated robbery cases, three cases of assault causing actual bodily harm and act with intent to cause grievous harm, two attempted murder cases and one each cases of murder, manslaughter, robbery, arson, dangerous driving, debt bondage and abduction.

According to the ODPP, of the 66 people charged, one was a police officer, who was charged with one count of dangerous driving, while four juveniles were charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft offences.

There were 41 victims of the 71 counts of separate incidents, seven incidents where the accused and victims were related.

In two separate incidents, a 51-year-old and a 37-year-old man were alleged to have attempted to murder their wife and cousin respectively.

According to the statistics, there were two separate incidents of assault causing actual bodily harm where both the accused and the victims were husbands and wives.

In one incident, the accused was a 32-year-old soldier, who was alleged to have assaulted his 28-year-old wife.

In other separate incidents, three accused persons allegedly assaulted a 22-year-old police officer while he was on duty.

A 34-year-old man was charged with acting with intent to cause grievous harm for allegedly attacking his wife with an axe, while a 35-year-old man was charged with acting with intent to cause grievous harm for allegedly beating his wife with an electric cord.

A 29-year-old woman was also charged with arson for allegedly setting her father’s home on fire in Namosi.

Meanwhile, five cases were withdrawn after discontinuances (nolle prosequi) were filed because of insufficient evidence while one case was withdrawn after the complainant left the country.

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