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Rape Trial Date Deferred As Defence Lawyer In Lautoka Confined Area

The court was informed that Mr Khan was in Lautoka, and there was no definite time frame as to how long the confinement would continue.
27 Mar 2020 12:19
Rape Trial Date Deferred As Defence Lawyer In Lautoka Confined Area

 

The trial date for a man charged with the rape of a 12-year-old girl could not be set yesterday as his lawyer lives within the confined area in Lautoka, the High Court in Suva was told.

The man has been in remand since July 2018 and the court had set a trial date to start on April 4.

However, this date was vacated in the last mention date as the defence lawyer, Iqbal Khan, had said that he was unavailable on the said date.

The case was called yesterday to set a trial date.

But the court was informed that Mr Khan was in Lautoka, and there was no definite time frame as to how long the confinement would continue.

Justice Daniel Goundar was informed by the prosecution that the accused would spend two years in remand if the trial would not take place in July.

Justice Goundar said the court would call the case on May 1 and look to set a trial date at the earliest possible time.

He said he was hoping that the prosecution and defence lawyers would agree on a trial date by then.

The accused is alleged to have raped his partner’s younger sister in 2017. The alleged incident took place in Navua.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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