Man, 40, charged with rap­ing 16-year-old

Ac­cused fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody, bail ob­jected be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of charge

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - WAISEA NASOKIA NADI Edited by Filipe Naigulevu Feed­back: waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj

A40-year- old driver of Son­aisali ap­peared at the Nadi Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day for al­leged rape. The ac­cused is al­leged to have raped a 16-year-old girl in Nadi on March 14 dur­ing a fish­ing trip. Aisea Davetawalu, who is charged for one count of rape, ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Siromi Turaga.

The mat­ter was re­ported to Nadi Po­lice Sta­tion the day af­ter the al­leged of­fence. Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Di­nesh Chand ob­jected for bail be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of the charge. Mr Chand told the court that the of­fence is an in­dictable one and asked the mat­ter to be trans­ferred to the high court. The ac­cused opted for a Le­gal Aid Com­mis­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Mag­is­trate Turaga re­manded the ac­cused and trans­ferred the case to the High Court. Davetawalu will ap­pear at the High Court in Lau­toka on April 6 for men­tion.

The ac­cused is al­leged to have raped the girl in Nadi on March 14 dur­ing a fish­ing trip.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Aisea Davetawalu, who is charged for one count of

rape, at the Nadi Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day.

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