Ac­cused pleads guilty to de­file­ment of girl, 13

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: ashna.ku­[email protected]­

A19-year-old man from Nau­sori has will­ingly pleaded guilty to an amended charge of de­file­ment.

The ac­cused was ini­tially charged with one count of rape.

How­ever, State prose­cu­tor from the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions, Sheenal Swastika, filed an amended charge yes­ter­day.

The charge was amended from rape to de­file­ment of a young per­son be­tween 13 years and 16 years of age.

It is al­leged that the ac­cused, on Au­gust 23, 2018, at Nau­sori, had un­law­ful car­nal knowl­edge with the com­plainant, a young per­son of the age of 13 years and two months.

The ac­cused ap­peared be­fore Judge Jus­tice Vin­sent Per­era at the High Court in Suva. The mat­ter was ad­journed for sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sion and mit­i­ga­tion.

Bail for the ac­cused was also ex­tended.

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