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Rape Accused 2 Allege Police Brutality, Court Grants Them Medical Examination

Both men accused of raping 11-year-old girl.   Two men charged with raping an 11-year-old student were taken to Labasa Hospital for a medical examination after they told the Labasa
15 Aug 2017 11:03
Rape Accused 2 Allege Police Brutality,  Court Grants Them Medical Examination

Both men accused of raping 11-year-old girl.

 

Two men charged with raping an 11-year-old student were taken to Labasa Hospital for a medical examination after they told the Labasa Magistrates Court that they were victims of Police brutality.

Both the accused are represented by Kohli and Singh Associates lawyer Ami Kohli, appeared before Magistrate Jeremaia Savou yesterday.

It is alleged that one of the accused, between January 1 to July 31 this year, raped the complainant, who is from the same settlement.

The court also heard that the second accused, between March 1 to May 31 this year, raped the complainant.

The two told the court that while they were at the Labasa Police Station custody they were allegedly assaulted.

One of the accused alleged that some Police officers had hit him in the stomach while the second accused alleged he was assaulted.

Mr Kohli requested if his two clients could be released on bail.

Police Prosecutor Constable Abhinesh Prasad objected to the bail application saying that the victim was a child and the case was of public interest.

“The victim is in Police custody and there are multi-persons who offended the same victim,” Constable Prasad said.

“Last Friday we produced the first accused and with these two accused we have three in total who offended the same victim, who is a child.

“There are strong allegations. If we release these two on bail, there is the likelihood that they will interfere with the state witnesses.”

Mr Kohli said his clients have the right to be released on bail with strict conditions.

But Magistrate Savou said that since the High Court in Labasa would be opened from next month he further remanded the two accused and they were to appear before Magistrate Cama Tuberi on August 18 for a bail ruling.

Constable Prasad then made a special request if the two accused could be medically examined since they complained that they were assaulted by Police officers.

Magistrate Savou agreed and adjourned the case for a bail ruling on August 18.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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