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18 months for man

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

THE Labasa Magistrates Court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to 18 months for defiling a young girl under the age of 13 in Seaqaqa earlier this month.

The man copped the sentence dished out by Magistrate Tomasi Bainivalu yesterday.

The accused pleaded guilty to committing the offence on April 21.

Meanwhile, another man charged with two counts of defilement has asked the Magistrates Court for his bail conditions to be amended.

Appearing before Magistrate Thushara Thennakoon, the accused asked the court to change his reporting times from once a week to once a month.

Through his defence counsel, the accused argued the reason for this submission was that he lived about 12 miles away from the nearest police station.

He said it took a lot of time and money to travel every week to the police station.

Officials from the prosecutions office did not agree with the request stating the offence allegedly committed by the accused was serious.

The case has been adjourned to July 3 for mention.

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