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32-Year-Old Man Charged With Rape Of 3-Year-Old

A 32-year-old man who is alleged to have raped his 3-year-old adopted daughter will appear for trial in the Suva High Court from November 13 to November 17. It was
04 Nov 2017 11:00
32-Year-Old Man Charged With Rape Of 3-Year-Old

A 32-year-old man who is alleged to have raped his 3-year-old adopted daughter will appear for trial in the Suva High Court from November 13 to November 17.

It was however, clarified by the State’s legal representative that the child’s adoption process was still yet to be finalised.

The accused who is charged with one count of rape is alleged to have committed the offence on March 16 this year in Navua in the Central division.

He is represented by Suva lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma.

While appearing in Court yesterday, Mr Vakaloloma informed Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza that the victim was taken to prison to visit his client.

He said this should not have happened and requested if the Court could consider removing the child from the adoptive mother (accused’s wife) and put her in the custody of the Social Welfare department.

Mr Vakaloloma said this was due to the fact that the case involved two families and to ensure fairness to both sides, the child should be put in welfare custody.

He said this would also remove the fear of interference from both parties.

He revealed that the defence had suspicions that the child was being influenced to say what she said.

Justice Hamza said giving the child to the Social Welfare would be a very drastic move.

State lawyer Lavenia Bogitini added that the State had considered moving the child however due to her age, taking her out of the home would cause her further trauma.

Mr Vakaloloma revealed in Court that he had summoned the accused’s wife and the doctor to give evidence.

He also made an application for the final admitted agreed facts to be withdrawn as there were no agreed facts in the case.

He said the document was signed by his client and the previous lawyer that was representing him.

The case has been adjourned to November 10 to finalise all matters relating to the case before the hearing on November 13.

The accused has been further remanded in custody.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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