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Trial Date Set For Rape Accused Dass

Trial Date Set For Rape Accused Dass
July 14
11:00 2017

Case adjourned to January 29, 2018 for mention.


A man charged with a count each of rape and sexual assault will go to trial from February 19 to February 23, 2018.

Upendra Dass, 50, appeared before Justice Riyaaz Hamza at the Suva High Court yesterday.

It is alleged that Dass raped a 15-year-old girl in Valelevu on July 24, last year.

Dass was granted bail in October last year on the condition that he was to present two sureties who are related to him however he was unable to find two sureties and has been in remand since.

Defence lawyer Anil Chand then told the court that Dass had  only been able to look for one surety and was in the process of looking for another.

Justice Hamza said that Dass could provide two sureties who were acceptable to the court and they do not have to be related to him but they should be able to pay a surety bond of $1000.

The State was represented by Kimberly Semisi.

The case has been adjourned to January 29, 2018 for mention.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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