Public urged to be sincere when reporting rape cases
THE public is urged to respect the work of police and stop abusing the services of the law enforcement institution.
Director of Public Prosecutor Ronald Bei Talasasa issued the warning yesterday in light of the latest acquittal of a rape accused after the alleged victim decided to change her story.
Similar cases were recorded in recent times.
That is the alleged victims decided to admit that there was no rape at all and that the sexual intercourses were consensual.
The change of stories came just before or during trial.
Mr Talasasa had earlier urged alleged victims to be truthful when reporting rape cases to the police, when the first rape accused this month was acquitted.
This month has seen more than one rape cases being dismissed because the alleged victims changed their stories.
“It is now more than one occasion that this has happened,” Mr Talasasa told the Solomon Star.
“I am afraid that this has the potential of developing into a culture, the tendency to lie to police about crimes being committed.
“It is a sad episode and reflects badly on how the police are being treated by those who report crimes.”
He said it must be appreciated that the police always have open arms to receive and attend to alleged crimes being committed.
“But in turn they deserve respect and understanding from public. The police cannot be abused for one’s end.
“At the same time, I appeal to parents and guardians as well as partners of any girl or woman to show respect for her.
“Quite often than not, the alleged victim is requested to report incidents of rape or other forms of violence.
“That is required but remains truthful at all times,” Mr Talasasa said.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN