Two men arrested over sex assault on children

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Two men have been arrested on alleged sexual crimes against children in Choiseul province.

The first, a 28-year-old is accused of sexual assault of his four-year-old stepson.

The second, a 76-year-old, is alleged of sexual intercourse with his grand-daughter who is just seven years old.

The 28-year-old man is accused of indecently assaulting his four-year-old stepson last month.

Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said the step-father took his stepson out for fishing when the incident occurred.

Mangau said after the two arrived from the fishing trip the mother noticed her son’s trousers had blood stain on it; it was at that time that the mother checked her son’s trousers and saw blood coming out from the victim’s private parts.

Mangau said police were alerted and the man was arrested for the said incident.

A second incident occurred on June 10, 2021, involving a 76-year-old male allegedly having sexual intercourse with his seven-year-old granddaughter. It was alleged that the accused took her to the garden prior to the incident.

Mangau said it was on their way to the garden that the accused pushed the victim who fell on the ground, following which he committed the offence.

Mangau said the two suspects were arrested on different dates and times and were placed in police custody.

Mangau again calls on parents to look after their children and not leave them to the care of men as some men have different mindset when with children and girls.

“I further appeal to all men to respect our young girls and boys as such incidents will affect them for the rest of their lives. It is also against the law and police will not tolerate this type of action,” Mangau said.