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Rape Accused Creates Courtroom Drama

Magistrate Waleen George told the accused that in her six years as a Magistrate, he was the most difficult that she had dealt with.   A rape accused caused a
06 Jan 2017 11:00
Rape Accused Creates Courtroom Drama
Josefa Roligadara is escorted by a court orderly to face rape charges yesterday. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Magistrate Waleen George told the accused that in her six years as a Magistrate, he was the most difficult that she had dealt with.

 

A rape accused caused a commotion in the courtroom yesterday after he refused to co-operate with the Magistrate when the charges were read out to him.

The 30-year-old man made things more difficult in court when two interpreters had to be brought in to translate the charges in the iTaukei language for more than 30 minutes.

Josefa Roligadra still refused to co-operate with the Magistrate and kept repeating in the iTaukei language that he did not commit the offence.

Roligadra refused to tell the court if he understood the charges which were read to him several times in the iTaukei language.

He further refused to receive the disclosures.

Roligadra is charged with one count each of assault with intent to commit rape and rape of a 19-year-old student, in Toorak last November.

Magistrate Waleen George told the accused that in her six years as a Magistrate, he was the most difficult that she had dealt with.

Magistrate George said: “You have only been charged and there is no need for you to be difficult because all I have to do is provide you with your rights.”

The court heard that Roligadra showed no psychiatric problems, after he told the court that he was originally from Naqara in Naitasiri and was born and raised in Tailevu.

The alleged incident happened in Suva on November 20, last year.

The case was transferred to the Suva High Court.

The state was represented by Police prosecutor, Sergeant Mohammed Farook.

The case has been adjourned to January 19 for first call at the High Court.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback:  jessica.gounder@fijisun.com.fj

 

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