Car­pen­ter, 26, de­nies rape and sex of­fence charges

Fiji Sun - - NATION -

A car­pen­ter, 26, who al­legedly raped a 16-year-old in Nas­inu on May 14, has de­nied com­mit­ting the of­fence. He ap­peared be­fore Judge Jus­tice Aruna Aluthge at the High Court in Suva. He is charged with one count of sex­ual as­sault and two counts of rape.

The com­plainant in the mat­ter the ac­cused’s neigh­bour.

Pros­e­cu­tor, Wakesa Elo, told the court that there were no ad­mis­sions in the cau­tion in­ter­view state­ment of the ac­cused. She also sought time to sort out the pre-trial is­sues. The case was ad­journed to Septem­ber 17. The ac­cused’s bail was ex­tended.

Ashna Ku­mar

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