A 12-year-old boy is among the 22 people charged with a total of 48 counts of serious sexual offences in November.

It relates to the number of formal indictments filed in the High Courts of Fiji by the Director of Public Prosecutions throughout the month.

This data is confined to incidents of serious sexual offences only.

There were 22 people charged with a total of 48 counts of separate incidents in November.

The
offences were rape, attempted rape, aiding and abetting rape, abduction of a young person, indecent assault, defilement and sexual assault.

Of the 22 people charged, one was a juvenile.

A 12-year-old boy was charged with two counts of sexual assault of his 5-year-old half-brother.

There were 20 victims of whom 16 victims were under the age of 18 years.

There were nine incidents where the victims and the accused were related to one another.

A 67-year-old man was charged with the rape and sexual assault of his 12-year-old granddaughter.

A 43-year-old man was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault of his 15-year-old daughter while in another incident, a 35-year-old man was charged with the rape of his 15-year-old sister.

There was one incident where a 36-year-old man was charged with the indecent assault of his 17- year-old niece.

The victim’s parents and grandparents were also charged with the wrongful confinement of the victim for allegedly tying her up in chains and keeping her without food for three days.

In another incident, a 26-year-old man was charged with representative counts of sexual assault of his 11-year-old niece.

A 40-year-old man was charged with the rape and unlawful wounding of his 28-year-old de facto partner.

There was one incident where a 47-year-old man was charged with the rape of his 51-year-old aunt.

A 26-year-old man was charged with the rape of a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old girl, however, this matter was withdrawn after both victims admitted to making a false statement.

The accused was in a de facto relationship with one of the victims.

There was one incident where a 35-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were charged with representative counts of rape and aiding and abetting rape of a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old
girl on different occasions.

The accused persons are husband and wife and the victims are
daughters of their house girl.

A 59-year-old pastor was charged with the rape and sexual assault of a 31-year-old woman who attended his church.

There was one incident where a 40-year-old man was charged with the rape and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

The accused and the victim were neighbours.

A 19-year-old man was charged with the rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

A 20-year-old man was charged with the defilement of a 14-year-old girl while in another incident, a 27-year-old man was charged with the defilement of a 15-year-old girl.

There was one incident where a 33-year-old man was charged with the rape and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

A 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were charged with the rape and abduction of a 17- year-old girl.

A 33-year-old man was charged with the rape and sexual assault of a 40-year-old woman, however, this matter was discontinued after the victim was unable to verbalise what had
happened to her in court.

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