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January 13
11:00 2017

Man faces 18 rape charges against niece

A 72-year-old man who allegedly raped his niece over a period of three years, appeared in the Lautoka Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The man was staying with her family when the first alleged offence was committed in 2012.

Magistrate Rangajeeva Wimalasena adjourned the case to be called before the High Court in Lautoka on January 20.

Police prosecutor Constable Marica Finau objected to his bail application.

The man is alleged to have raped the girl, who was 14 then in 2012, when everyone at home were asleep, and this went on till 2014.

The matter came to light after the girl told a teacher on March 8, last year.

The matter was reported to Police the next day, and the accused was questioned and charged.

 

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

 

Learn to respect your wife, court tells man

Men and women have equal rights before the law and no man shall humiliate or hurt a woman’s dignity, the Nadi Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Nadi Magistrate Siromi Turaga sent out this strong message to a man convicted of assault on his wife.

Afzal Ali of Solovi in Nadi punched his wife last year causing her serious injuries after he could not find kitchen utensils in their home.

He was charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which he pleaded guilty to.

Magistrate Turaga told Ali domestic violence was a serious offence.

He said the Domestic Violence Decree in Fiji did not have tolerance for such acts, and that a woman was not a foster to a man and her dignity must be protected.

“You must learn to respect your wife,” Magistrate Turaga added.

Magistrate Turaga told the court that in the process of the violence, Ali had lost the trust of his wife.

Ali was given a suspended sentence of two years. He was ordered not to offend and a domestic violence restraining order was imposed against him.

He is also charged with one count of criminal intimidation for which he has pleaded not guilty to.

He will appear in court for that matter on August 10.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

 

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