Two grandfathers charged for incest
Two grandfathers have appeared in the Supreme Court to face charges of incest, in separate matters.
The elderly men, whose names have been suppressed by Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke to protect the identity of their alleged victims, have been charged in connection to incidents involving their granddaughters.
In a third matter, a father is facing 78 counts of incest and rape in relation to his daughter.
The three accused men have yet to enter a plea.
The Court heard that the charges against the grandfathers have yet to be finalised and tallied up.
One of the grandfathers who committed an alleged offence in Savai’i has been released on terms that he does not live with any of his grandchildren.
The grandfather told the Court that he will live with his brother who resides in Upolu.
Justice Leiataualesa ordered the accused men's names to be suppressed.
During the proceedings, the father who is facing 78 charges, begged the Court to consider his release on bail so he can care for his four children.
“Your Honour, I know I am a sinful man," he said. "But please, I beg you to release me so I can look after my four children.
“This matter has been called for the tenth time and I am still in custody but my wife is disabled and she needs my help to care for our children.”
Justice Leiataualesa was not convinced.
He dismissed the claim from the accused, stating that the matter has only been called before the Court three times.
The Supreme Court Justice also said the application for legal aid from the father has been accepted and his lawyer can make the application for bail on Monday.
He added that due to the seriousness of the charges and the alleged victim in the matter, the father will remain in custody.
According to records from Police on their Annual Report 2017/2018, the number of sexual offences have increased dramatically over the years.
In the report, a graph illustrated that indecent assault recorded four cases in 2016/2017 but that number skyrocketed to 43 in 2017/2018.
For sexual violation, there were 12 cases in 2016/2017 and like indecent assault the number went up more than triple in 2017/2018 recording 57 matters.
The offence on sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 years old (SIWGU16), police reported 18 cases in 2016/2017 and 45 for 2017/2018.
Incest showed one case was reported in 2016/2017 and it increased to 6 in 2017/2018.