Man pleads not guilty to rape, sexual assault

A 66-year-old medical practitioner, who is facing seven counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault, has pleaded not guilty for all the counts before the High Court in Suva this morning.

The man, who is alleged to have raped and sexually assaulted his sister-in-law on June 28, in Nasinu, appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar.

State lawyer Swastika Sharma has sought 14 days for the proposed agreed facts.

She has also informed the court that the accused has not made any admissions in his caution interview.

Ms Sharma said they intended to call four witnesses for trial proper.

Bail has been extended for the accused and the matter has been adjourned to December 4, for pre-trial conference.

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