OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Sexual Assault Team have charged a 25-year-old male on allegations of rape following an incident which happened at Agape area Tandai Heights in West Honiara on 1 October 2018.
Officer-In-charge of the Sexual Assault Team at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara Sergeant Rose Nala explains: “It is alleged that in the early hours of 1 October 2018 the suspect went into a house where the victim was sleeping in her room and allegedly raped her. The victim alerted her parents but the suspect had already escaped.”
Sergeant Nala adds: “The matter was reported to the White River Police Station straight after the incident but it was not until yesterday the suspect was arrested by police at White River. Officers of the Sexual Assault Teams charged the suspect with one count of rape. He has been remanded in custody as of yesterday (21 November) until 5 December 2018.”
“I wish to thank family members of the victim and my officers with Police at the White River Police Station for their cooperation and assistance leading to the successful arrest of the suspect,” says Sergeant Nala.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, National Operation, and Mostyn Mangau says, “Sexual offences in the country are unfortunately increasing. I want to urge all community leaders, chiefs, women and church leaders, and parents to make sure our women and girls are not endangered at all times. We must work together to make sure that our country is safe so our women and girls can move freely without being harassed. Parents should ensure our daughters must be protected at all times.”
Members of the public are encouraged to report any sexual offences by calling the RSIPF toll free line 999 or Seif Ples on the free toll line 132