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Trial of Grandfather for Alleged Rape Begins

The trial of a grandfather charged with two counts of raping his granddaughter  started yesterday at the High Court in Suva yesterday. The 70-year-old man appeared before Justice Riyaz Humza.
27 Jun 2018 11:20
Trial of Grandfather for  Alleged Rape Begins

The trial of a grandfather charged with two counts of raping his granddaughter  started yesterday at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The 70-year-old man appeared before Justice Riyaz Humza.

He is also charged with one count of each sexual assault and indecent assault.

The alleged incident happened between April 1 and August 31, 2013 on Gau Island in the Lomaiviti Group.

The grandfather was 65 years old at the time of the alleged incident while the victim, who lived with the accused during the  school holidays, was 17 years old.

State lawyer Unaisi Tamanikaiyaroi told the courtthat the accused, during his confession with a church pastor on November 27, 2013, did admit that he committed the alleged offence because he did not have sex with his wife for more than six months.

The trial continues today before Justice Hamza.

Edited by Percy Kean

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