A TEENAGER charged with indecently assaulting and raping an eight-year-old girl is in custody and will appear in the High Court in Lautoka today.
He appeared on Monday before Nadi magistrate Peni Dalituicama, who remanded him in custody.
It is alleged the 18-year-old, a labourer, indecently assaulted his young neighbour some time last month.
He is also alleged to have raped the girl on September 6 this year.
Western divisional police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent of Police Anil Prasad requested that the matter be transferred to the High Court because of its seriousness. His request was allowed by Mr Dalituicama.
The matter will be heard in the High Court in Lautoka today.