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Grandfather Fronts Court Over Alleged Rape Of Grandson

  A grandfather of Ba was yesterday brought before a special court sitting in Tavua over the alleged rape of his eight-year-old grandson. The court was also told by Divisional
13 Dec 2016 11:00
Grandfather Fronts Court Over  Alleged Rape Of Grandson
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A grandfather of Ba was yesterday brought before a special court sitting in Tavua over the alleged rape of his eight-year-old grandson.

The court was also told by Divisional Police Prosecutor West ASP Anil Prasad that another seven more charges of a similar nature could be filed before the next court sitting.

The man, who is a labourer, lives on his own and the alleged victim is his daughter’s son.

While seeking bail before Magistrate Samuela Qica, the man said everyone who was accusing him of the offence “did not see anything.”

It is alleged the man raped his grandson on a road while the boy was on his way to the shop on November 5. ASP Prasad, in his application for bail to be denied, said it was in the public interest to keep the man in custody.

“We have witnesses who are from the area where the accused and victim are from,” ASP Prasad said.

“The victim is his eight-year-old grandson, who expected care from a person such as his grandfather.

“He should be kept away from society.

He said Police also had a medical report on the victim and that the accused be remanded in custody.

ASP Prasad also sought a Domestic Violence Restraining Order against the accused. The accused, in seeking bail, said he lived alone and no one had been looking after his house since his wife died.

“I want to ask those who are blaming me, did they see me?” the accused asked in court.

He said he would abide by the court on bail conditions and attend court on the given date.

Magistrate Qica said the High Court in Lautoka was in recess and the accused needed to front court again.

Mr Qica refused bailed and set December 23 as the mention date for the accused to appear at the Ba Magistrate’s Court.

The accused was given 21 days to file his alibi.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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