20 Jan 2014

Kiribati arrests after two women suffer violent death

2:09 pm on 20 January 2014

Kiribati police have arrested two men in connection with last week's violent death of two women in the capital Tarawa.

The assistant head of the crime branch at the police headquarters, Raoranti Randolph, says the first case involved a 30 year pregnant mother who is suspected to have been beaten to death.

The police report says her husband took her to hospital but she had already died.

In the second incident, a 40-year-old woman died from knife wounds after she was stabbed in front of her relatives.

Police arrested her husband.

Kiribati has recently toughened legislation to counter the high level of violence against women.