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DPC to investigate conduct of certain people at accident scene

February 8, 2018 1:10 am

A directive has been issued to the Divisional Police Commander East to look into the conduct of certain members of the public at a fatal accident scene in Davuilevu, Nausori this morning.

Chief of Intelligence ACP Biu Matavou, says the manner in which some have displayed the insatiable need to take photos of the victim even to the extent of posing with the victim’s decapitated limbs is shameful and disrespectful.

ACP Matavou has warned that once police cordons off a crime scene it becomes an immediate breach of the law for anyone who enters the restricted area and tries to interfere with the investigation.

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He says the Police has also received photos whereby a person is holding up what is supposedly the decapitated limb of the victim and as scene was already cordoned off their actions therefore becomes illegal.

Matavou says not only is it illegal but a major health concern.

He says there are a number of hazards in disturbing a crime scene which is first and foremost unethical but the handling of the victim’s decapitated limbs is a bio hazard as one is exposing themselves to potential harmful diseases.

ACP Matavou says the police understands there will be certain accident cases whereby first aid can be administered or assistance given before the arrival of emergency services which they not discourage.

However the actions of those who have posted on social media and posed with the decapitated limbs is truly shameful.

He says posting graphic photos of accident victims on social media has spiraled out of control with little to no consideration and respect for the victim and their families.

Meanwhile, investigation into the fatal accident in Davuilevu earlier this morning which claimed the life of a taxi driver continues.

It is believed the vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a bus carrying more than eighty passengers.

According to eye witness Waisake Vakalalakoro, the victim believed to be in his mid-30’s died on the spot while his passenger who suffered injuries is admitted in hospital.

Police say they cannot divulge any further information on the accident as investigation continues.

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