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Man Charged With Raping Mum, Grandniece Refused Bail

  A 45-year-old man charged with rape of his mother and grandniece was refused bail by the High Court in Suva on Friday. The accused appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar
24 Sep 2018 10:00
Man Charged With Raping Mum, Grandniece Refused Bail
Bail Denied

 

A 45-year-old man charged with rape of his mother and grandniece was refused bail by the High Court in Suva on Friday.

The accused appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar for his bail hearing.

The accused is charged with two counts of rape of his 63-year-old biological mother between January 2016 and August 2017 in Kadavu.

In another matter, the accused was charged with two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault of his nine-year-old grandniece between January 2017 and June 2018 in Kadavu.

Justice Goundar refused the bail on the grounds that the prosecution’s case was strong.

“There is a high risk of interference between the accused and the complainant,” he said.

“The accused sought bail to look after his elderly mother, who is one of the complainants in the matter he is charged with.

“Rape is a serious offence and more serious when the complainants are family members and are vulnerable,” Justice Goundar said.

He refused the accused’s bail and remanded him in custody.

The matter was adjourned to October 19 for pre-trial conference.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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