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Man Appears For Alleged Rape, Criminal Intimidation, Assault

A29-year-old man who allegedly raped and threatened to kill a woman was yesterday remanded by the Suva Magistrates Court. Wise Ezekiel Lagilevu appeared before Magistrate Waleen George at a special
27 Dec 2018 11:15
Man Appears For Alleged Rape, Criminal Intimidation, Assault
Rape accused Wise Lagilevu outside Court in Suva on December 26, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A29-year-old man who allegedly raped and threatened to kill a woman was yesterday remanded by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Wise Ezekiel Lagilevu appeared before Magistrate Waleen George at a special court sitting.

He is charged with one count each of rape, criminal intimidation, false information to public servant, escape from lawful custody, serious assault (resisting assault).

It is alleged that on December 13 at Waimanu Road in Suva, Lagilevu raped the complainant.

It is also alleged that on the same day, Lagilevu threatened to kill the complainant by instilling fear into her with the intent to rape her.

Lagilevu is also alleged to have given false information by falsely identifying himself as Isaac Nacagilevu to a Police officer during a caution interview over the alleged rape charge.

It is alleged that on December 15 in Suva while under arrest at the Central Police Station for the alleged rape charge, the accused escaped.

It is also alleged that on December 23 in Raiwai, having escaped from the lawful custody of Police on December 15, Lagilevu attempted to assault and resisted re-arrest by a Police officer.

Magistrate George said that rape is a serious and indictable offence.

He remanded the accused in custody.

The court heard that the complainant is 20 years of age and is not related to the accused.

He ordered the accused to apply for a formal bail application on his next appearance.

The case was adjourned to January 9, 2019 for mention.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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