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Alleged rapist out on bail

Salaseini Vosamana
Friday, January 18, 2013

ONE of eight men charged with rape has been granted bail of $1000 by the High Court in Labasa.

The accused and seven others appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar.

The group allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl early this month.

The man's accomplices, two of whom are juveniles, were granted bail last week.

State lawyer Pulekaria Low told the court the accused was initially remanded in custody because he failed to submit a bail application and surety.

Justice Goundar ordered him to provide a surety and not interfere with prosecution witnesses or the complainant.

He was instructed to report to the Savusavu Police Station every Saturday, not reoffend and be present at the next court hearing.

Of the seven other accused, Justice Goundar granted them fresh bail and reminded them to comply with the conditions.

"Let me remind you that it's important you adhere to the conditions and engage a counsel to represent you in court," Justice Goundar said.

"You should never wave, talk or make any form of gesture with the prosecution witnesses or the complainant.

"When you meet them on the streets, they shouldn't be the ones avoiding you, instead it's you who should cross to the other side of the road."

The case is adjourned to February 1.