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High Court Grants Third Psychiatric Check

The High Court in Suva granted an order yesterday for a third psychiatric report for a 45-year-old man facing rape charges. Atunaisa Wakana, who is charged with one count of
31 Oct 2018 12:42
High Court Grants Third Psychiatric Check

The High Court in Suva granted an order yesterday for a third psychiatric report for a 45-year-old man facing rape charges.

Atunaisa Wakana, who is charged with one count of rape, appeared before Justice Thushara Rajas­inghe. It is alleged Wakana raped a 13-year-old girl in a church toilet in Lami.

The alleged offence occurred in November 2017, but it was only reported to Police earlier this year.

The court heard the two previous psychiatric re­ports contained conflicting issues, hence, the State made an application for another evaluation to be carried out by a senior doctor at Saint Giles Hos­pital. The State counsel told the court that the first report, which was made in November last year, concluded that the accused was fit to take a plea and was aware of his actions at the time of the al­leged offence. The second report stated that the ac­cused was not fit to take his plea.

The defence counsel did not object to the request. Wakana has been remanded in custody and the matter has been adjourned

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