Suspect in serial elderly sexual abuse in Addu City charged

Photo shows a march by citizens against child and sexual abuse in Male' city. (Sun Photo/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

The Prosecutor General of Maldives has brought forward charges against Mohamed Simhan from Primrose, S. Meedhoo, Addu City over allegations of sexual abuse of three elderly women.

The man was arrested on May 29. PG office said that a total of four charges were raised against him. They include assault charges, trespass, and charges related to the intention of committing sexual abuse crimes. 

The sexual abuse charges against Simhaan could lead to a sentence of no less than 10 years if convicted under the sexual abuse laws of the country. The sentence could be further increased if he is convicted under the Penal Code of the Maldives. 

The case is being heard at the magistrate court of Meedhoo. 

Police have said that Simhan was accused of assaulting and attempting to abuse a 64-year old, then a 66-year old and finally a 65-year old woman from the island, according to the investigation.