2 men remanded for alleged rape of Year 8 Student

Two men from the village of Alack on Epi have allegedly raped an 8th Grade student from Akama Primary School.

These men were remanded for unlawful sex and attempted rape last weekend.

The Vanuatu Police Force’s (VPF) Family Protection Unit (FIU) and Police on Epi first reported the incident in May this year. A report was filed regarding the fact that the incident happened to this young girl several times last year.

Police were then deployed last weekend to Epi and arrested the two suspects. They brought them back to Port Vila and were taken in custody on that same day.

The court remanded them and they will be appearing in court for their Preliminary Inquiry (PI) on November 18 at the Magistrates Court.

Police have stressed that rape is becoming a big problem these days, occurring in all communities and involving a growing number of minors between the ages of 13 and 15, especially girls, who are victims.

The VPF is urging all community leaders, chiefs, pastors, parents and teachers to help speak to their people to prevent bad activity from happening in our communities.

Lakatoro Police action Tuck In Program

Police at Lakatoro, Malekula have introduced a new school integration program at Norsup Primary and Secondary School.

As part of this Tuck In Program, police officers had to go out and show students to tuck in their uniforms properly when they go to school.

This program aims to help educate students about respect, cleanliness and integration. Most of the students entered the schools in the mornings without proper dress and cleanliness.

Duo arrested for property damages and abusive language

Two men from Ambrym have been remanded in custody after they were sentenced and detained at Lakatoro, Malekula.

The duo are facing different charges, one was charged with malicious property damage and threats and the other with threats and abusive language.

They were arrested and cautioned by Police on Malekula and brought to trial on different dates and the court sentenced them to serve their prison terms.

The person accused of malicious damage to property and threatening was later arrested on October 28, 2022 and the court served an 18-month prison sentence.

The other person charged with threats and abusive language appeared in court later on November 10, 2022 and the court granted him 12 months.

The police is calling on everyone to behave in public places as well as respect others and their properties.

Man arrested for domestic violence and attempted homicide

A man from Paama has been arrested and taken into custody for domestic violence and attempted homicide.

He appeared in court on October 28. He will appear in the Malekula Magistrates Court at 10am on Friday, November 11 2022.

CID: Cyberbullying cases reported daily

The VPF’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has reported receiving more than two cybercrime cases on a daily basis this month.

Most of these cases are extortion and criminal defamation on social media.

These actions are punishable by up to 14 years in prison and a fine of VT1 million under the Cybercrime Act.


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