THE lawyer representing a man accused of raping and sexually assaulting his niece made a bail application before High Court judge Justice Janaka Bandara, saying her client was willing to be relocated to avoid interfering with State witnesses.
Suva lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi said all the accusations against her client were allegations and he was innocent until proven guilty.
"Even information prepared by the interviewing officers is wrong," Ms Vaniqi said.
"The police officers are referring to my client as the step-father of the complainant. He is not the step-father but the uncle of the complainant."
She expressed concern that if her client was kept in custody, he would not be able to pay legal fees as he depended on his farm for income.
The prosecution argued on the grounds that the case was a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) matter and that the complainant lived 100 metres from the accused.
Ms Vaniqi replied that although it was a DVRO matter, the charges were still allegations and that the complainant had moved from where she had been staying.