THE Honiara Central Magistrates Court has remanded two men in custody for alleged rape and grievous harm charges on Tuesday this week.
The incidents of the alleged rape are believed to have been committed during March 2018.
Both defendants are expected to reappear before the same court on May 8, 2018.
Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Police Sexual Assault Squad based at the Rove Police Headquarters, Detective Sergeant Rose Nala says, “The two men are alleged to have raped separate 13-year-old victims on Sikaiana Island in the Malaita Outer islands on separate occasions.
“Arrangements are underway for both victims of rape to undergo counselling and medical examination at Seif Ples and Family Support Centre in Honiara.
“One of the men, a 31-year-old man is also charged for grievous harm after he allegedly attacked a 46-year-old man on April 6, 2018 on Sikaiana Island. The victim is believed to have lost 10 teeth.
“I appeal to any member of the public and communities in the country who is alleged to be a victim of rape or sexual assault to come forward to police and report any such alleged crime.
“You can report any crime to your nearest police station or post, or contact the Police Communication Centre on phone 23666 or free toll 999.
“You can also contact Seif Ples on phone 132 or 24677 for advice and counselling for alleged victims of rape or sexual assault.”
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) team of investigators from Rove Police Headquarters with some from Police in Malaita province were deployed on board Police Patrol boat Auki on April 18, 2018 to Sikaiana Island following reports of the alleged rape of a girl.
The team carried out investigations and established three separate allegations against the two alleged offenders and three victims identified.