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DPP charges 90 people with serious crimes

June 4, 2018 5:12 am

Ninety people were charged with 112 counts of separate incidents of serious crime in the month of May.

According to the statistics from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Office, aggravated robbery topped the list of offences with twenty people charged.

Last month, the ODPP recorded aggravated robbery as the most prolific offense, followed by theft in which 17 charges, with 16 charges on aggravated burglary making the top three crimes.

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Fourteen juveniles were charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft offences.

The other nearest offences included fourteen charges for one person with falsification of accounts, ten charges on larceny and seven people charged for making a false statement at the airport.

On the false statements at the airport, the ODPP explained that this included two locals and five foreign nationals who had told Nadi Airport security that their luggage contained bombs.

Of the ninety people charged, four were police officers with one police officer charged with serious assault.

Seven foreign nationals from Cyprus, the Philippines, the United States, Australia, Thailand and Vanuatu were charged with various offences including money laundering.

The ODPP also highlighted two incidents of murder.

In one case, a 22 year-old-man was charged for the alleged murder of his 22-year-old divorced wife and in another case a 34 year old man was charged for forcing his 21 year old de-facto partner to drink weedkiller which caused her death.

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