A MAN accused of breaking into his wife's house and raping her has been remanded in custody.
The 41-year-old villager appeared before Magistrate Wickramasekara in the Nadi Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with a count each of burglary, assault and rape.
The court heard the accused and the complainant, who is his wife, had been living separately for the past seven months.
Police allege that at about 4am on September 22, the accused went to the 36-year-old complainant's house and gained entry by removing louvres.
He then allegedly assaulted the complainant and raped her.
The charges were read out to the accused and the plea was referred to the High Court in Lautoka.
Prosecutor ASP Anil Prasad objected to bail, saying the accused had five previous convictions of assault.
ASP Prasad told the court that given the violent nature of the accused, as seen from his previous convictions, he should be kept in custody.
The court agreed and ordered that the accused be held in remand.
The case resumes in the High Court in Lautoka on October 2.