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Defile suspects on bail

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TWO men who allegedly defiled a 14-year-old girl were denied bail by the Labasa Magistrates Court yesterday.

A 31-year-old and a 19-year-old youth appeared before Magistrate Tomasi Bainivalu charged with two counts each of defilement.

The alleged incident took place between May and September last year.

The court heard one man allegedly had carnal knowledge of the victim who was a Class Eight student at the time on two different occasions while the teenager also defiled the girl on two different occasions in May last year.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Ili Daurewa strongly objected to bail, stating the offence was prevalent in the jurisdiction and also on the grounds that the victim is pregnant.

The two accused have sought the assistance of the Legal Aid Commission.

Magistrate Bainivalu ordered that they be remanded in custody at the Labasa Corrections Centre, directing the office in charge to allow them telephone access to engage Legal Aid assistance.

He deferred their plea to March 4.


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