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Suspect on the run

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A MAN accused of rape is still on the run, the High Court in Suva was told by State prosecution.

Rupeni Baleitamavua didn't show up to court last week as the lawyers prepared to give their closing remarks to the assessors in the rape trial.

Mr Baleitamavua is alleged to have taken a woman to his house after having a few drinks in a restaurant and allegedly raped her there after assaulting her.

The prosecution and defence had presented their cases to the court and the matter was adjourned for the lawyers to give their closing remarks.

Yesterday the court was informed that the accused was still on the run.

The court was told that the prosecution wanted lawyers to give their closing remarks in absentia, meaning the presence of the accused was not required.

Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam said the prosecution could make their application today.





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