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Six face sodomy charges

Mere Naleba
Thursday, June 20, 2013

SIX youths from Kadavu appeared in the High Court in Suva yesterday, facing charges of unnatural offences.

The men are alleged to have sodomised three young children in their village last year.

High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan presided over the matter and advised the youths that they would have to look for a new counsel to represent them.

This, after the youths were told that their lawyer was still without a valid practising certificate.

Justice Madigan explained to the accused persons that they were called to court yesterday morning because they were challenging their caution interview relating to confessions made to police.

The judge then called the second accused to explain to the other five accused persons the issue at hand.

In speaking to the second accused Justice Madigan said: "Because you seem to be the spokesperson of the group, please discuss among yourselves whether you will look for another lawyer or all of you are willing to represent yourselves in the case."

After a few minutes of consultation, the youths informed the court that they would like to retain the same lawyer and were willing to wait for their lawyer to renew his practicing licence.

"But that's what I'm worried about, we have set a trial date and the lawyer that you brought to represent you in the matter does not have a valid practising certificate, which is a serious matter."

"We don't know how soon will he be renewing his license to practise.

"For the time being, I will adjourn the matter and you tell me in the next mention on what you have decided."

The State yesterday brought forward six State witnesses.

The case has been adjourned to August 14 and bail was extended for all six youths.