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Further remand for men accused of indecent assault, rape

Two men were further remanded in Police custody by the Labasa Magistrates Court on Monday. In the first incident, the accused is charged with indecently assaulting a five-year-old girl. The
26 Jan 2017 10:34
Further remand for men accused of indecent assault, rape

Two men were further remanded in Police custody by the Labasa Magistrates Court on Monday.

In the first incident, the accused is charged with indecently assaulting a five-year-old girl. The first accused appeared before Magistrate Cama Tuberi.

The court heard that the alleged incident took place in 2013. The accused was at least 38 years old at the time. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Office of the Director of Public Prosecution lawyer, Wakesa Elo, asked for time to file for a voir dire.

The accused, represented by Legal Aid lawyer Inia Rakaria, was told to reappear in the Savusavu Magistrates Court on February 27 for mention.

Man accused of rape

In a separate incident, a 20-year-old man is charged with rape. It is alleged the incident took place in 2012. Both the victim and the accused were minors at the time.

Magistrate Tuberi also ordered that the accused reappear in the Savusavu Magistrates Court on February 27 mention.

The accused was also represented by Mr Rakaria.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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