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Man charged for private fondle

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A MAN charged with sexually assaulting a male student appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

It is alleged that on June 12, 2012, the man unlawfully and indecently assaulted a juvenile by fondling his private parts.

Magistrate Yohan Liyanage told the man he would transfer the matter to the Chief Magistrate.

"I will transfer this matter to the Chief Magistrate so he can decide whether this case is to be transferred (to the island)," he said.

The man, who represented himself, sought bail.

"I'm the only one who looks after my elderly mother in the village and I have to be there for her because she is old," he said, adding he would make sure to attend all court proceedings on the island.

However, the police prosecution said they could not allow the accused to be released because the victim stayed in the same village. Magistrate Liyanage said he would not consider his bail application.

The court has transferred the matter to October 19.