Man at center of kidnapping reports pleads guilty

The man at the center of reports last month of a bus kidnapping girls around Vaitele has entered a guilty plea to the charge of giving false information.

Liua Vaasili Savai’inaea—who claimed that he foiled the attempted kidnapping of two girls at Vaitele last month—has been charged. 

He is facing two charges of making a false statement to the police and giving false information and will be sentenced in February, 2019. 

Last month the police announced they were investigating reports that a white Toyota 15-seater van with blue stripes, tinted windows and broken rear windshield window was used to abduct victims.

However, a week later the police advised that they have charged a man over the unsubstantiated reports and issued a statement cautioning the public against false and misleading information being shared and circulated on social media.

They also warned members of the public to refrain from taking matters into their own hands and that damages to properties as a result of individuals taking matters into their own hands is a criminal offence.

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