Ten­ant on rape charge de­nied bail

Fiji Sun - - NATION - SHARTIKA NAIDU Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Atenant who al­legedly raped his land­lady on the weekend in Labasa ap­peared yes­ter­day in the Mag­is­trates Court in Labasa.

The 44-year-old man charged with one count of rape ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Bim­sara Jagodage.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Abi­nash Prasad told the court the ac­cused com­mit­ted the al­leged of­fence on the 55-year-old com­plainant on Satur­day while she was alone at her home. Mr Prasad also told the court that the case should be trans­ferred to High Court be­cause it was an in­dictable one and was of pub­lic in­ter­est since the ac­cused had two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions re­lated to drugs.

He strongly op­posed that the ac­cused be re­leased on bail.

Le­gal Aid lawyer Karen Bo­sei­waqa, who rep­re­sented the ac­cused, told the court that her client was not re­lated to the com­plainant.

She said they would file a bail ap­pli­ca­tion in the High Court by the High Court in Lau­toka. Kanavo is charged along­side Onisimo Raboi­liku, Semesa Bu­likalougat­a and Su­liasi Tubuna.

The case was called be­fore Judge Jus­tice Chamath Mo­rais.

It was ad­journed the case to June 29 for men­tion.

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since her client had no sureties. Mag­is­trate Jagodage agreed and or­dered that the ac­cused to be fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody.

The case has been ad­journed to June 5.

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