Trial dates set for rape matter
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.