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Teacher Khan Charged With Abducting And Defiling A Student

  A 23-year-old secondary school teacher appeared at the Nasinu Magistrates Court yesterday charged with abduction and defilement of a student. Magistrate Sufia Humza has remanded Waseem Zafar Khan for
02 Sep 2016 12:18
Teacher Khan Charged With Abducting And Defiling A Student
Waseem Zafar Khan outside the Nasinu magistrate court yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

A 23-year-old secondary school teacher appeared at the Nasinu Magistrates Court yesterday charged with abduction and defilement of a student.

Magistrate Sufia Humza has remanded Waseem Zafar Khan for protection and because of the public interest in the case.

It is alleged that on August 12, Khan unlawfully abducted a 15-year-old student against the will of her parents and had unlawful carnal knowledge without her consent.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Joseph Dickson and Inspector Jiten Singh served the first phase of disclosures.

Defence lawyer Jiten Reddy applied for bail on the basis that his client had denied the allegation and that he had told the Police where he had been on the day of the alleged offence.

Mr Reddy said his client came from a respectable family and that he would be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Mr Singh objected to the bail saying that it was a serious sexual offence.

Ms Humza asked the prosecution if there were any letters given by the Ministry of Education stating Khan’s employment was suspended. Mr Singh said there was none.

Mr Singh told the court that other students of the school were witnesses in the case and that there was a chance of the accused interfering with the witnesses.

Ms Humza informed Mr Reddy that he could appeal the magistrate’s decision in the High Court.

The court has been adjourned to September 6.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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