Crime & Court

Court Remands Accused Charged With Aggravated Sexual Servitude And Domestic Trafficking In Children

Werelagi’s lawyer from the Legal Aid Commission, Lavenia David, told the court that the accused had arranged his sureties to sign his bail, however, they would be present in court on Friday because they would be travelling from the Western Division.
26 Jun 2019 14:20
Court Remands Accused Charged With Aggravated Sexual Servitude And Domestic Trafficking In Children
Josevata Werelagi outside the High Court in Suva. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The defence lawyer in the case of a 35-year-old man facing domestic trafficking and aggravated sexual servitude charges has asked for time to arrange for her client’s sureties to be present in court to sign the bail form.

Josevata Werelagi, who is charged with three counts of domestic trafficking in children and one count of aggravated sexual servitude, appeared before High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

Werelagi’s lawyer from the Legal Aid Commission, Lavenia David, told the court that the accused had arranged his sureties to sign his bail, however, they would be present in court on Friday because they would be travelling from the Western Division.

She told the court that on March 26, Werelagi was granted bail. However, the court remanded him in custody for his two sureties to be present in court to sign the bail form.

Werelagi was further remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned to July 8 for a pre-trial conference.

The charges:

For the first count, Werelagi is charged with aggravated sexual servitude. It is alleged that between July 18, 2015, and July 22, 2015, in Suva, by the use of threats or force caused a 15-year-old girl to enter into or remain in sexual servitude.

For the second count, Werelagi is charged with domestic trafficking in children. It is alleged that on July 18, 2015, in Nausori, he facilitated the transportation of a 15-year-old girl from Nausori town to Rewa Street, Suva, and in facilitating the said transport, with intent that the girl will be used to provide sexual services.

For the third count, Werelagi is charged with domestic trafficking in children. It is alleged that on July 19, 2015, in Nausori, he facilitated the transportation of a 15-year-old girl from Waila, Nausori to Rewa Street, Suva, and in facilitating the said transport, with intent that the girl will be used to provide sexual services.

For the fourth count, Werelagi is charged with domestic trafficking in children. It is alleged that on July 20, 2015, in Nausori, he facilitated the transportation of a 15-year-old girl from Waila, Nausori to Rewa Street, Suva, and in facilitating the said transport, with intent that the girl will be used to provide sexual services.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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