20 Apr 2012

Vanuatu police say underage offenders need to be punished

2:45 pm on 20 April 2012

Vanuatu Police say they are disappointed that the court freed two underage suspects arrested with four others for seriously assaulting the Deputy Principal of a Port Vila College.

The Deputy Principal of Malapoa College was walking his female students to the main road to protect them from harassment by six intoxicated men when they allegedly assaulted him leaving him with a fractured arm and the loss of two teeth.

The commander of the Port Vila Police Station, Inspector George Songi, says the court ordered the two suspects to go free because they were underage boys.

But Inspector Songi says they shouldn't have been let go given the seriousness of the crime.

He would like the government and chiefs to pass legal or traditional laws to punish underage offenders by sending them back to their islands and putting them under the guidance of their chiefs.