18 Dec 2002

Vanuatu Ombudsman calls for senior police officer to be disciplined over assault

4:49 pm on 18 December 2002

The Vanuatu Ombudsman's Office wants charges brought against a senior police officer who detained and assaulted a woman four years ago.

Mrs Aspin Jack, who was living apart from her husband, was taken into police custody at Luganville in August 1998.

The police in collusion with the chiefs of Ambae and Santo and Mrs Jack's husband, planned to force the woman to return home.

The Ombudsman's Office reports that when she refused to go Superintendent Willie Samuel assaulted her and as a result Mrs Jack suffered injuries to her body, a black eye and a cut lip.

The Office says Superintendent Samuel was abusing his power and should be disciplined by the Police Service Commission.

And it says the public prosecutor should look at charging him for assault and unlawful detention.