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Man Charged With Sexual Assault Pleads Not Guilty

A 37-year-old man charged with one count each of indecent assault and sexual assault has pleaded not guilty. The accused appeared yesterday in the Suva Magistrates Court before Chief Magistrate
16 Apr 2017 11:00
Man Charged With Sexual  Assault Pleads Not Guilty

A 37-year-old man charged with one count each of indecent assault and sexual assault has pleaded not guilty.

The accused appeared yesterday in the Suva Magistrates Court before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili. It is alleged that the accused, between January 1 and 31 in Lami, unlawfully and indecently assaulted a nine-year-old girl while lying on top of her.

On March 31 in Lami, it is also alleged that the accused unlawfully and indecently assaulted the same nine-year-old girl by fondling her breast and rubbing his hands on her private parts.

The accused requested for the bail stating he was not working and has three children and a sickly wife to look after. He also told the court that he wanted to work to cater for his children and the wife.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Apenisa Keresoni objected to bail on the grounds that the complainant was nine years old and the accused could interfere with the complainant.

Chief Magistrate Ratuvili told the accused to make for a formal bail application in the next court sitting. The accused was remanded in custody and the matter adjourned to April 19.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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