Crime

Man Charged For Allegedly Selling Minors For Immoral Purposes

The accused is alleged to have sold the victim who was 16 years old at the time, on two separate occasions to two different men for the purpose of sexual intercourse whereby he received money on both occasions.
13 Feb 2020 11:31
Man Charged For Allegedly Selling Minors For Immoral Purposes
Simione Tugi escorted to the Court House Holding cell on February 12, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

An unemployed man of Nabua appeared at the Magistrates Court in Suva charged with one count of allegedly using minors under the age of 18 years for immoral purposes.

Simione Tugi, 29, appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa.

The accused was arrested by the Totogo Operation team on Monday, February 10.

He had been evading arrest since May 2015 when the matter first came to light.

The accused is alleged to have sold the victim who was 16 years old at the time, on two separate occasions to two different men for the purpose of sexual intercourse whereby he received money on both occasions.

The offence was committed between January and February 2015 at Nabua.

Police Corporal Mere Sekovina appeared for prosecution.

She told the court that the prosecution did not object to bail however sought for strict bail conditions.

Tugi has opted for legal representation from the Legal Aid Commission.

Magistrate Boseiwaqa has remanded the accused in custody.

The bail ruling will be delivered by Magistrate Boseiwaqa today.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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