Man arrested for forcing wife’s abortion

A 25-year-old man from Legal village on Toga Island was arrested by police in Torres last Sunday for forcing his wife to undergo an abortion.

The suspect was arrested for forcing his 7-month pregnant wife to abort their unborn child, but his wife didn’t want to follow his orders. He then jumped on his wife’s belly, forcing her to give birth, resulting in the death of the child.

He was escorted to Santo, brought before court, and remanded.

17-year-old with special needs sexually abused by stepfather

The Vanuatu Police Force’s Family Protection Unit in Port Vila has received a report early this month concerning a 17-year-old girl with special needs who was sexually abused by her stepfather.

The victim was brought to the hospital for examination. The scan revealed she was pregnant, but the baby had died.

Thankfully, the doctors were able to remove the baby without causing any further harm to the mother.

All parents are reminded to fulfil their responsibilities at home with great love and respect towards the children under their care. They should ensure that home is a safe place and refrain from abusing them.

Man arrested for threats, property damage, and trespassing

A man has been arrested for threatening to kill, damaging property, and trespassing last weekend.

Police arrested the suspect last Sunday and detained him in Cell No. 6. He was released on bail at the Magistrate’s Court earlier this week. Police have obtained the complainant’s statement as the case is under investigation.

Drivers warned to respect traffic laws

Police are warning all drivers to respect traffic laws when using public roads.

This is the last week to pay the annual road tax for 2024, and all vehicles must pay tax, with the sticker indicating payment displayed on the front right side of the windscreen.

In SANMA Province, drivers should be aware that according to section 16 of the Ministerial Order dated August 18, 2023, fines for drunk driving are VT50,000 for careless driving and VT35,000 for reckless driving. Driving under the influence incurs a fine of VT85,000.


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