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Alleged rapist granted bail

May 30, 2018 7:15 pm

A seventy-three-year-old man who is charged with rape and indecent assault was released on bail with conditions by the Suva High Court yesterday.

The accused is charged with four counts of rape and three counts of indecent assault.

Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza while granting bail said in normal circumstances the court wouldn’t even consider granting bail.

However, taking into account the age of the victim and his disability, the court released the accused on bail.

It’s alleged the first victim in the case was sexually assaulted when she was 10-years-old in 1982.

He impregnated her when she was 15-years-old and was repeatedly molested until 1992.

The second victim was first allegedly and sexually assaulted when she was 10-years-old in 1997 and was continually molested until 2013.

The third victim who is the daughter-in-law of the accused was allegedly raped in 2016 when she was 20-years-old.

Justice Hamza informed the accused not to communicate with the victims of the case.

The accused has also been told to report to the Nasinu Police Station every Saturday.

The seventy-three-year-old was released with two sureties.

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