Justice Temo remands man for alleged interference
28 June, 2018, 6:10 pm
HIGH Court judge Justice Salesi Temo on Wednesday remanded a man in custody for allegedly interfering with a prosecution witness.
The witness was the first complainant in a rape trial involving four men who allegedly raped two women.
She was summoned to deliver her evidence as the case commenced at the High Court in Suva but failed to turn up.
Justice Temo then issued a bench warrant for the complainant to be arrested and be brought to court.
State prosecutor Taitusi Tuenuku said he was informed that the father of the third accused allegedly bribed the first complainant with money and told her not to give evidence during the trial.
The complainant later appeared in court under bench warrant. She alleged the accused told her not to give evidence and that he would give her money.
Both the complainant and the man were remanded in custody and expected to reappear in court yesterday.
Three of the accused in this case are men are charged with two counts of rape each while the fourth is facing one count of assault with intent to commit rape and one count of rape.
The alleged incident took place in October 2016.