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Deaf and mute man admits to rape, sex assault charges A deaf and mute man pleaded guilty in the High Court in Suva on Monday to sexual assault and rape
08 Nov 2017 11:14
Court-Briefly

Deaf and mute man admits to rape, sex assault charges

A deaf and mute man pleaded guilty in the High Court in Suva on Monday to sexual assault and rape of a child under the age of 13.

The accused appeared before Justice Riyaz Hamza and was represented by the Legal Aid Commission.

On the first count of sexual assault, it is alleged that on March 12 this year the accused unlawfully and indecently assaulted the child.

On the second count of rape, the accused, on the same day, allegedly used his finger to penetrate the child. With the help of a sign language instructor the accused admitted to both counts in court.

State lawyer Lavenia Bogitini requested Justice Hamza to grant them seven days to liaise with the lawyer of the accused to finalise the summary of facts.

The case has been adjourned to November 20 for the prosecution to present the summary of facts.

Bail was also extended for the accused.

Fonua Talei / Edited by Naisa Koroi

Ex-judicial staff pleads guilty to abuse of office, dishonesty

A former Information Technology technician of the Judicial Department in Suva pleaded guilty on Monday to a count each of abuse of office and general dishonesty – obtaining a gain.

Shanon Shahil Chand had earlier denied the charges and his case was scheduled for trial to begin before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili on Monday. However, Chand changed his not guilty plea to guilty before trial proper.

It is alleged that while employed at the Judicial Department, Chand used the Vodafone subsidy given to the Fiji High Court to be used for official purposes to acquire mobile phones for his own personal gain. The alleged offence was committed between January of 2014 to December, 2015.

His case will be called again in the Suva Magistrates Court today for the summary of facts of the case to be read out in Court. His bail was also extended. 

Fonua Talei / Edited by Naisa Koroi



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