“This is a very sad case given the victims are young and very vulnerable and the suspect is a person of trust, their own father,” said the acting Director of the RSIPF National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID), Inspector Michael Bole.
The 39-year-old man is currently facing five counts of rape contrary to section 136F of the Penal Code (Amendment) (Sexual Offences) Act 2016, he will appear before the Magistrates Courts today.
“The two teenage juveniles are still held under the protection of the police since the suspect was arrested on 30 April 2019. The allegations dated back to 2014 with the most recent incident alleged to have taken place in April 2019,” Inspector Bole said.
The two daughters, aged 14 and 17, have been traumatized by the heinous act committed by their own father, spanning some five years.
“We cannot allow such people who allow themselves to capitalize on their positions of trust to ruin the future generation of this country. The response has involved a lot of work that requires victims to build trust and confidence in reporting family violence and sexual assault matters to police.”
RSIPF encourages victims or relatives of victims of such sad cases to trust and have confidence in the police and report such matters in a timely manner.
“I am thankful to our stakeholder partners from Seif Ples and Family Support Centre – for offering counselling and welfare support for the victims, that enable them to give their full accounts to police after being traumatized,” says Inspector Bole.
RSIPF encourages victims to report crime to police. Victims of sexual assault may also seek assistance from health clinics such as Seif Ples. In unfortunate circumstances where children are unable to report such matters to their parents, they should consider speaking to a trusted teacher or person from their school or church.