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Suspects deny charge

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, May 08, 2014

TWO of the three men who allegedly raped another man using a mop stick in the Suva Remand Centre pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Jonetani Tiritabu, Tevita Qaqanivalu and Sefton Tupou are alleged to have committed the offence when they were remanded with the complainant on November 2, 2012.

When the case was called before Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam yesterday, only Mr Qaqanivalu and Mr Tupou appeared.

The court was informed Mr Tiritabu was on bail and he failed to turn up to court. While a bench warrant was issued for Mr Tiritabu, the plea was put to the two accused who were present in court.

The defence counsel said the accused were ready to take the plea.

Mr Qaqanivalu and Mr Tupou told the court they understood the charge and pleaded not guilty.

The court asked the two accused if they were on bail, Mr Qaqanivalu said all had been granted bail in this matter.

Mr Tupou told the court he was still in remand despite the bail because he had not been able to find a surety.

The case will called again on June 4.





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