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Court refuses oral bail bid in rape case An 18-year-old Suva man appeared at the High Court on Friday charged with rape. The complainant is the man’s 17-year-old bio­logical sister.
23 Sep 2018 12:55
Court – Briefly

Court refuses oral bail bid in rape case

An 18-year-old Suva man appeared at the High Court on Friday charged with rape.

The complainant is the man’s 17-year-old bio­logical sister. The 18-year-old accused appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar on Friday and tried to file an oral bail application.

He is charged with one count each of rape and sexual assault. The complainant is a student while the accused is a farmer.

Justice Goundar refused the oral bail applica­tion because the proposed surety is the biologi­cal father of the accused and the complainant.

The accused was remanded in custody.

Justice Goundar told the defence lawyer to file a formal bail application. The State lawyer was granted 21 days to file information and disclo­sures. The matter was adjourned to October 16 for plea. A production order was issued for the accused to be present in court for his plea.

Ashna Kumar

High Court to set robbery trial date

The High Court in Suva will set a trial on Octo­ber 19 for two men charged with robbery.

Gabriel Waqa and Mataiyasi Navugona are each charged with one count of aggravated rob­bery, which they pleaded not guilty to.

It is alleged that the two robbed the complain­ant at a car wash in Nasinu.

State lawyer Sujata Lodhia of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions told the court that Navugona had five active cases and Waqa was a first offender. She told the court that there were no confessions in the caution interview.

Ms Lodhia said she had four witnesses and was ready to proceed with the trial proper.

The defence lawyer told the court they did not agree to the proposed agreed facts and would challenge all the witnesses in the trial proper.

The two accused were remanded in custody and a production order was issued for them to be present in court. Ashna Kumar

Soldier on remand for murder bid charge

A soldier who allegedly tried to murder his de facto partner was remanded by the High Court in Suva on Friday.

The accused appeared on first call before Jus­tice Thushara Rajasinghe. He is charged with one count of attempted murder of the 35-year-old complainant at a Colo-i-Suva pool after they agreed to go for an early morning swim on Sep­tember 15, 2018. He is represented by lawyer Gavin O’Driscoll.

State prosecutors have asked for time to file information and disclosures. The matter was adjourned to October 24 for plea before Justice Rajasinghe.

Ashna Kumar

Judge quizzes complainant on state of marriage

A complainant in a court matter was ques­tioned by the High Court on Friday on the status of her marriage after her husband was charged with and pleaded guilty to one count of act with intent to cause grievous harm.

The 57-year-old accused and the 36-year-old complainant appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar. The accused hit the victim on her head, shoulders, legs and neck in July 2018 in Lakeba, Lau, after an argument.

The accused claimed the complainant lied to him and went to drink homebrew with some youths. The accused hit the complainant with a stick until it broke.

The State lawyer told the court that the com­plainant suffered bruises and injuries and was admitted in the hospital.

When the complainant took the stand in court, Justice Goundar questioned her on her marital status and she responded that she wished to con­tinue with her marriage and it was her own de­cision. The complainant told the court that they had two children aged eight and seven and the accused was the sole breadwinner in the family.

She told the court that she had visited the ac­cused at the Suva Remand Centre and the ac­cused had apologised for his act and promised her that he would not harm her again.

The state counsel had asked for a sentence with­in the tariff of two to three years and sought a permanent domestic violence restraining order to be issued for the protection of the complain­ant and her children. The accused was remand­ed in custody. The matter was adjourned for sen­tencing to October 19 before Justice Goundar. A production order was issued for the accused to be present in court for his sentence hearing.

Ashna Kumar

Edited by Epineri Vula

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