Crime & Court

Man Accused Of Striking Pregnant Sister With An Iron Rod Remanded

Ravonu is charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of act with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
02 Jul 2020 09:22
Man Accused Of Striking Pregnant Sister With An Iron Rod Remanded
Accused Livai Ravono, 24, escorted to the Suva Court by Police officers on July 1, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A 24-year-old man, who is alleged to have assaulted and struck a pregnant woman with an iron rod, has been remanded in custody.

Livai Ravonu appeared before Magistrate Asanga Bodaragama in Suva yesterday.

Ravonu is charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of act with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He allegedly committed the offence over the weekend following an argument with his sister about their compound in Nabua on June 27.

The court heard that the accused’s sister who is five months pregnant is currently admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital following the alleged offence.

Magistrate Bodaragama transferred the matter to the High Court following an application by Police prosecutor, Sergeant Monish Chandra, that the second charge was an indictable offence.

Ravonu was ordered to make alibi applications (if any) within 21 days.

An interim domestic violence restraining order with standard and non-molestation conditions was also issued.

Magistrate Bodaragama remanded Ravonu in custody and adjourned the case to July 15.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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