Rapist awaits fate
A TAVUA man who was on the run for almost a year after being convicted of raping his 14-year-old daughter in 2006 will be served with his prison sentence later this month. According to west police prosecutor ASP Anil Prasad, the 40-year-old man failed to appear at court hearings during his trial in the Tavua Magistrates Court last year. According to ASP Anil, the incident occurred in September 2006 when the young girl was alone with the accused. The accused is expected to appear at the Ba Magistrates Court on January 8.
Looters in court
THREE men charged for allegedly stealing more than $28,000 worth of assorted items from supermarkets and a warehouse in Lautoka during Cyclone Evan appeared in the Lautoka High Court on Friday. Accused of theft and burglary were Sitiveni Vanavana, Jone Vunisa and Ropate Naikelekele, all of Lautoka. The men, aged between 22 and 28, made their first appearance in the High Court for the alleged crimes committed between December 17 and 18. The three have yet to take their plea.