64-yr-old man to reappear in court on cases of rape

A 64-year-old man charged with cases of allegedly raping his 11-year-old grand-daughter on several separate occasions at different locations in the West Maringe District of Isabel Province will reappear for the third time in the Honiara Magistrates Court on March 27, 2018 for mention.

Police in Buala arrested and charged the man on February 21, 2018 for allegedly raping his granddaughter at the Tirotue Settlement and Ghozoruru in the Hovikoilo Ward on different dates between December 31, 2015 and February 7, 2018.

The old man is currently remanded at the Rove Correctional Centre in Honiara after two previous appearances on March 6 and 13, 2018.

The Honiara Magistrates Court has set March 27, 2018 for his third appearance for mention.

“Despite the compensation already paid to maintain peace between members of his family, the defendant will have to face the full course of the law given the seriousness of the allegations against him,” says Supervising Provincial Police Commander, Isabel Province, Inspector Oswald Iru.

The maximum penalty if found guilty of rape is life imprisonment.

“I encourage and appeal to the general public in Isabel Province to come forward and report any allegations of sexual abuse of woman and children.

“Maintaining law and order is everyone’s business. The public is encouraged to support police prevent crime against children in our communities,” says Mr Iru.


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