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Stepfather In Rape Case Granted Bail

A stepfather charged with sexual assault and rape was granted bail by the High Court in Suva yesterday. The accused appeared before High Court judge Justice Riyaz Hamza yesterday. He
21 Sep 2018 11:02
Stepfather In Rape Case Granted Bail

A stepfather charged with sexual assault and rape was granted bail by the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The accused appeared before High Court judge Justice Riyaz Hamza yesterday.

He is charged with four counts of sexual assault and four counts of rape of his stepdaughter.

The alleged incidents occurred in May 2018 in Suva.

Justice Hamza while delivering his bail hearing judgement said the accused had been remanded in cus­tody since July 2018.

He noted that the accused and the complainant had a domestic rela­tionship and the complainant is the daughter of the accused’s de facto partner.

The accused also had previous convictions including two cases of indecent assault.

He was granted bail on the per­sonal bond of $1000 and two surety bonds of $1000 each.

Justice Hamza told the accused to reside with the second surety who is outside the Suva area.

Justice Hamza also imposed strict bail conditions and ordered the ac­cused to surrender his travel docu­ments and not to obtain any further travel documents.

The accused was told not to change his address and not to have any communication or contact with the complainant and the prosecution witnesses.

He was also ordered not to make contact with the complainant’s mother as she is the de facto part­ner of the accused and also a pros­ecution witness.

Justice Hamza also informed the accused that if he made any con­tact or communication with the complainant and the prosecution witnesses or missed his case, his bail order would be cancelled and the accused would be remanded in custody.

The matter was adjourned for a mention to October 29.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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