POLICE Chief Mostyn Mangau has described the incident in which two girls aged 11 and 10 were allegedly sexually abused in Makira/Ulawa Province by an adult male as “barbaric and evil”.
He said the man in his 40’s has neglected his duty as an adult to protect young females or children against sexual offences.
“As an adult, the suspect in this matter should have been the one to provide care and protection to our young children, especially girls, who are vulnerable members in our society,” Mr Mangau said.
Reporters were told the suspect was already arrested, charged and remanded in Kirakira correctional facility.
The suspect is facing one count of rape contrary to section 136 and two accounts of indecent assault contrary to section 139 of the penal code.
This is in relation to the incident that happened on 26 July this year at a Village in West Makira.
Mr Mangau said the man in his 40’s had allegedly sexually abused both girls and had sexual intercourse with the girl aged 11 without her consent.
The man allegedly took the two girls to a location in the village where he allegedly indecently assaulted them.
He later took the 11 year-old girl to a different location where he allegedly raped her.
The man will be facing the court on 18 August this year.
Following the incident, Mr Mangau appealed to parents and guardians to prioritise the safety of their children, especially female daughters, at all times as they are vulnerable to such incidents.
He also encouraged anyone who has information regarding this matter to provide information to Kirakira Police or call the Kirakira Police on phones 50266 and 50299 or the free toll line 999.
Investigation into this incident is continuing.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN
Solomon Star, Honiara