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Aggravated Robbery And Rape Accused Pleads Not Guilty

Aggravated Robbery And Rape  Accused Pleads Not Guilty
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March 14
10:00 2018

 

The trial for an accused man charged with allegedly breaking into a Nasinu home and raping the complainant has been set for February 11-19, 2019.

The accused appeared in the Suva High Court before Judge Justice Salesi Temo on Monday represented by Legal Aid lawyer Lavinia David.

State lawyer Lavenia Bogitini appeared for the Prosecution.

On the first count of burglary, it is alleged that on November 5, 2017, the accused broke into the complainant’s house around 3am to 4am intending to steal.

After allegedly breaking into the house, he raped her and unlawfully and indecently sexually assaulted her by performing oral sex on her without her consent.

Armed with a kitchen knife, the accused then allegedly stole a brown handbag valued at $15, a blue phone valued at $50, a brown Roxy purse valued at $30, cash amounting to $100, and coins amounting to $5.

The total value of the items stolen was $200 which belonged to the complainant.

The accused denied all four counts put to him in court and pleaded not guilty accordingly.

Ms Bogitini said the State was relying on the complainant’s oral evidence and admissions from the accused.

Ms David said they were intending to challenge the admissibility of the accused’s caution interview and sought time to file and serve voir dire grounds.

State counsel Ms Bogitini said the Prosecution would call three witnesses during the trial.

The case was adjourned to April 16, 2018, for a pre-trial conference and for the bail hearing for the accused.

The accused has been further remanded in custody.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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