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July 27
11:29 2018

Alleged rape case referred to High Court

An alleged rape case heard in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday has been referred to the High Court.

The accused is a 30-year-old man charged with one count of rape. He appeared before Suva Magistrate Waleen George.

It is alleged that on May 17, 2018 in Suva, the accused had carnal knowledge with the 46-year-old complainant without her consent.

It is alleged that the complainant was asleep in her house with her daughter when she heard the accused calling her name from outside to open the door. The complainant told the accused to leave and return when sober. The accused insisted but the complainant refused.

The accused then allegedly pushed the door open and removed a nail that kept the door shut by placing his hands through a window that had a missing louver blade.

It is also alleged that the accused then entered the house, removed his clothes and instructed the complainant to go inside the bedroom and take off her clothes, but she refused. The accused then allegedly forcefully removed the victim’s clothes, forced her down to the floor and had carnal knowledge without her consent. The accused has been further remanded in custody and the matter will be called in the High Court on August 8.

Hearing date set for salesman on theft charge

The hearing date for a 42-year-old salesman charged with theft has been set for October 26.

Sanjay Kumar, a salesman of a dairy company in Suva is charged with 10 counts of theft. He appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

It’s alleged that on April 19, 2013, Kumar obtained $3300 from the cash he had collected from the sale of Jubilee butter. Kumar allegedly sold butter to companies around Suva and Navua however he failed to return the money to his employer. The matter was reported to the Police after a thorough investigation. 

Teacher facing assault charge to go before tribunal

A primary school teacher facing an assault charge had her case transferred under orders from Magistrate Waleen George.

Gospel Primary School teacher Sylvia Singh, who is being charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm to a nine-year-old student, was told by Magistrate George that she could not hear the case and transferred it to be heard before a Public Service Disciplinary Tribunal.

Police prosecutor Corporal Josua Shaw told the court that full disclosures were served to the accused, the charges were read to her and she understood.

The matter was adjourned to September 5, for mention.

Trial dates set for man accused of aggravated robbery

The trial dates have been set for a 32-year-old man charged with one count of aggravated robbery.

Joseph Christopher will appear for his trial between August 6 to August 10 at the High Court in Suva before Justice Chamath Morais

The accused, who is representing himself, was told by Justice Morais to seek legal aid assistance to help him during the trial.

State lawyer Shirley Tivao informed the court that she would not be relying on the caution interview statement. Ms Tivao said that summons were issued to the State witnesses to be presented in court to give their evidence during the set trial dates.

A copy of the witness list was submitted to the court and served to the accused. She had informed the court that the State was ready to proceed with the trial on the mentioned dates.

The accused was further remanded in custody. His bail hearing will be on August 6.  

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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