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Bus Driver Granted Bail In Abduction, Defilement Matter

For abduction, it is alleged that Reddy between March 21 and March 22, 2019, at Nabua, took the complainant out of the possession and against the will of her father.
28 Mar 2019 10:00
Bus Driver Granted Bail In Abduction, Defilement Matter
Parmesh Narayan Reddy. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A 32-year-old bus driver of Suva facing abduction and defilement charges has been granted bail by the Magistrates Court in Suva.

Parmesh Narayan Reddy is charged with one count each of abduction of a person under 18 years of age with intent to have carnal knowledge and defilement of young person between the ages of 13 and 16 years.

Reddy appeared before Magistrate Senileba Levaci yesterday.

For abduction, it is alleged that Reddy between March 21 and March 22, 2019, at Nabua, took the complainant out of the possession and against the will of her father.

For defilement, Reddy is alleged to have had unlawful carnal knowledge of the complainant, a young person above the age of 13 years and under the age of 16 years, during the same time period.

The complainant in the case is a 15-year-old girl.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Josua Shaw did not object to bail. However, he sought two suitable sureties and served full disclosures.

He told the court that the accused and the complainant were in a relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend.

However, defence lawyer Jitend Reddy told the court that the accused and the complainant did not have any relationship.

Magistrate Levaci granted bail to the accused on a bail bond of $200 with two sureties bail bond fixed at $200 each.

She also ordered the accused not to interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses and issued an interim domestic violence restraining order.

Reddy was ordered to report to the Nabua Police Station every second Sunday between 5am and 8pm to commence from March 31.

The matter was adjourned to April 30 for plea.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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