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31 people charged for non-sexual violence offences

November 2, 2017 3:08 am

Thirty-one people charged with 28 counts of separate incidents were recorded last month.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution say that there were 4 murder cases, 11 aggravated robbery, 3 aggravated burglary, 4 cases of theft, a case of arson, dangerous driving causing death, careless driving, cultivation of illicit drugs, trafficking illicit drugs and wrongful confinement.

One juvenile was also charged with aggravated burglary and theft offences.

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Of the 31 people charged, 4 were police officers while four men were charged with one count of murder each.

ODDP says that a 25-year-old man was charged with the murder of his 47-year-old mother after he allegedly pushed her on the road in front of an oncoming motor vehicle. In another incident, a 47-year-old man is alleged to have murdered his 42-year-old brother-in- law with a broken bottle.

In another case, two men were charged with one count murder of a 28-year-old where a 4 × 2 timber was used as the murder weapon while a 32-year-old man was charged with one count of murder of a 28-year-old man where a knife was used as the murder weapon.

One man was charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death. He allegedly hit a 54-year-old man with his motor vehicle while the victim was crossing the road in Nausori.

In alleged aggravated robbery and burglary offences which were home invasions, resort break-ins and daylight street muggings, cash amounts ranged from $150 to $2,000 while $80 to over $275,000 were worth of assorted items.

There was an incident of arson where the victim’s house was burnt to the ground in Kinoya.

Meanwhile, one farmer was charged with one count of cultivation of an illicit drugs. He is alleged to have cultivated marijuana weighing up to 34.2kg.

Three cases were withdrawn after discontinuances were filed.

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