Another tourist has been attacked in Fiji but again the story has gone unpublicised because the regime doesn't want to spook the tourism industry.
The South Korean tourist had his right hand (just above the wrist) severed by a Fijian man in a robbery that turned violent last Sunday (February the 5th.)
The man and his wife were guests at a Resort in Beqa.
Sources say the local Fijian man, armed with a knife, entered the couple's room intending to rob them. The tourist put up a fight and in the process, his hand was severed.
They say he ran outside towards security guards and the atttacker then turned on the woman. She also fled the room but the man caught up with her and managed to pin her to the ground and tried to rape her. Sources say she ran away while he tried to get his pants down.
They also say that in the urgency to get the man medical attention, security officers forgot about the woman and that it was an estimated 45 minutes before they realised the wife was still out there. She was found hiding in a bush, half naked.
The injured man, captain and a nurse took a boat and travelled to Suva in high seas and rough weather to get him help. The man was taken to CWM but nothing could be done to re-attach his hand and urgent medical evacuation had to take place the following day (Monday the 6th) to Australia.
The offender is in custody and is a known marijuana peddler on Beqa island.
Last year, between July and September the deaths of a New Zealand man, American and a Japanese student were played down by the regime and Fiji's self-censoring media for fear of alarming tourists and encouraging negative publicity.
EDITOR'S NOTE at 8.15pm Monday February the 13th: Our story initially named Likuliku Resort as the place where the incident occured. This was incorrect. Sources corrected their information a short time ago. The couple were attacked at Lawaki Beach House in Beqa.