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Rabi Teen in police custody after knifing granny

FIJI TIME ONLINE - Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A TEENAGER was arrested after he attacked his grandmother with a cane knife on Friday. The alleged incident happened on Rabi Island within Cakaudrove province and police on the island are holding the 19-year-old in their custody. They have not charged him.
Rabi Island Council executive director Molly Amon said the islanders were shocked over the attack which took place at Nuku settlement, where the island's council and government offices are located.

"We are all shocked because of the relationship that they share as grandson and grandmother.

"We believe that drugs was involved," said Ms Amon.

Island police said that the victim, Taingi Liga, who was in her early 50s, had returned from the shop in the afternoon and saw her grandson hitting a younger child with the handle of a cane knife and scolded him.

"We believe he didn't like being scolded and ran after her and struck her," a police source said.

Ms Amon said the elderly woman tried to duck but the knife hit her in the face.

"She was rushed to the health centre on the island and was given some stitches before she was released and told to recover at home," she said.

"We are worried about this type of behaviour especially, and possibly the abuse of drugs by some of the island youths.

"This is a problem that we will be addressing," the executive director said.

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