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Man faces another rape charge

A 39-year-old man who was recently charged for the rape of his 16-year-old niece two years is currently being investigated for raping another young girl in the same year. The man from Lepanoni village was charged on Tuesday for raping his 16-year-old niece in Deuba two years ago.  He is also a suspect in the […]

Peni Shute and Allison Penjueli

March 24, 2016 10:25 am

A 39-year-old man who was recently charged for the rape of his 16-year-old niece two years is currently being investigated for raping another young girl in the same year.

The man from Lepanoni village was charged on Tuesday for raping his 16-year-old niece in Deuba two years ago.  He is also a suspect in the brutal murder of 14-year-old Mere Ailevu.

Acting Chief of Investigations and Intelligence, ACP Luke Navela told Newswire that investigations are still underway and the man will likely be charged this weekend.

We are still conducting the investigation, investigation still continues. We are still investigating him now for another case of rape and the rape case was involved within the same year.  For the rape case, he will be charged this weekend. He’ll be appearing at the Suva Magistrate court on Tuesday.

ACP Navela said police came across the two cases of rape while they were investigating the recent brutal murder of Mere who was found dead at the Loloma Beach, Pacific Harbour last week.

On Tuesday, ACP Navela told Newswire the man had been charged for raping his 16-year-old niece in Deuba two years ago.

That guy from Lepanoni was charged, and he was taken to court after 2pm this afternoon. He was charged for accused of rape and he is also one of our suspects and he is back in our custody now. He was charged for that took place two years ago.

He is one of our suspects and we are in the state of investigations.

ACP Navela said that the man remained in police custody.

Police look for leads in Mere’s murder (19/03/16)

(Gwen McGoon/Fiji One)
Mere Ailevu. (Gwen McGoon/Fiji One).

A 33-year-old man who was in police custody in relation to the brutal murder of Mere Ailevu has been questioned and released and is no longer regarded as a suspect in this case.

The body of 14-year-old Mere Ailevu, a class seven student of Lomary Primary School, Serua was found at Loloma Beach, Pacific Harbour on Monday afternoon.

Police Spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu confirmed to Newswire that all investigations on the man have been cleared as he had produced an alibi to police. He added that upon further investigations the man had been released as his alibi had checked out.

Police are pleading with members of the public to assist them with relevant information to solve this case.

With investigations still continuing into the Alleged Brutal Murder of the 14 year girl in Deuba, we continue to plead to members of the public to come forward with information that they may have to help us in trying to arrest the perpetrator or perpetrators.

We continue to utilize all avenues of investigation and information gathering and the public is also encouraged to come forward to us with whatever information they have with regards to the incident.

The public is encouraged to pass this information through our Crime Stoppers line on 919 through call or text. They are also encouraged to contact our Divisional Crime Officer South on 9905 575 or Pacific Harbor Community Post on 9905 388.

Mere was laid to rest at the Arts village cemetery in Pacific Harbour this morning.

On Wednesday, Police  said they were treating the discovery of the body of a 14-year-old girl in Pacific Harbour as murder.

Commissioner of Police, Sitiveni Qiliho told a press conference on Wednesday this was a case of ‘a vulnerable and defenceless 14-year-old girl’.

With post-mortem results we have at hand, we are treating this case as brutal murder.

A man is in custody, and others are being questioned.

Qiliho thanked the community for helping identify and arrest suspects.  He also urged people to refrain from posting on social media and to contact Police if they need clarification.

Something was posted on social  in the hindi language regarding the girl.  Some people have a tendency to post on social media instead of coming to us.

If they come to us, we can clarify.

On Tuesday, Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said the body was found by a 30-year-old security officer of Lepanoni Village, Serua.

The deceased was reported missing on 13/03/16 at the Pacific Harbour Community Post by her mother.

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