Man charged with rap­ing sis­ter-in-law

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A26-year-old man was re­manded by the Suva Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day for al­legedly rap­ing his 17-year-old sis­ter-in-law. The ac­cused ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Shageeth So­maratne who has trans­ferred the mat­ter to the High Court in Suva as it is an in­dictable of­fense. The ac­cused is charged with two counts of rape and two counts of in­de­cent as­sault. The al­leged in­ci­dent oc­curred be­tween June 23 and July 15 in Lau.

De­fence lawyer Isireli Ra­manu ap­plied for bail, but Police Pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Temesi Evo ob­jected. The ground of ob­jec­tion was that it was a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is­sue as the ac­cused was re­lated to the vic­tim. Mr Ra­manu was told to file a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion to the High Court. The court has been ad­journed to Septem­ber 9.

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