Trial dates set for rape mat­ter

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Ashna Ku­mar

Trial dates for a 54-year-old man fac­ing sex­ual of­fence charges have been set for March 16-20 next year in the High Court in Suva.

The ac­cused ap­peared be­fore Judge Jus­tice Thushara Ra­jas­inghe yes­ter­day charged with one rep­re­sen­ta­tive count of rape and one rep­re­sen­ta­tive count of sex­ual as­sault.

The al­leged in­ci­dent oc­curred in Tailevu where the ac­cused is al­leged to have com­mit­ted the of­fence on a nine-year-old girl he is re­lated to.

State pros­e­cu­tor from the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Sheenal Swastika ob­jected to a bail ap­pli­ca­tion on the grounds that the ac­cused and the complainan­t are re­lated, were neigh­bours and there was a strong like­li­hood of in­ter­fer­ence by the ac­cused.

The mat­ter has been ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 3, for a pre-trial con­fer­ence.

The ac­cused is re­manded in cus­tody.

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