Sexual Abuse

85-year-old man charged with rape further remanded in custody

The 85-year-old man charged with one count each of “Indecent Assault” and “Rape” appeared at the Suva High Court this morning. Govind Sami Raju appeared before Judge Justice Salesi Temo. State lawyer requested the court to be given twenty-one (21) days to file disclosures and there were no objections from Defence lawyer Jitten Reddy. Justice […]

Staff Writers

June 10, 2016 11:50 am

The 85-year-old man charged with one count each of “Indecent Assault” and “Rape” appeared at the Suva High Court this morning.

Mr. Govind Sami Raju (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Govind Sami Raju outside the Nasinu Magistrates Court last week. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

Govind Sami Raju appeared before Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

State lawyer requested the court to be given twenty-one (21) days to file disclosures and there were no objections from Defence lawyer Jitten Reddy.

Justice Temo adjourned the matter for a bail hearing and mention of disclosures on the 8th of July 2016.

The accused has been further remanded in police custody.

The 85-year-old man is charged with one count each of  Indecent Assault and “Rape” appeared before the Nasinu Magistrates Court today.

Govind Sami Raju appeared before Magistrate Sufia Hamza.

Defence lawyer Jiten Reddy’s bail application was objected by Police prosecutor Raymond Filipe because the offence was serious and an indictable offence and that the matter was of public interest.

Magistrate Hamza said if the accused is released, he may interfere with the witnesses.

Mr Reddy requested if an order can be given for prison officers to ensure that Mr Raju takes his medicines on time as the accused has heart and urinary problems.

Magistrate Hamza adjourned the matter to the Suva High Court.

The matter has been adjourned to the 10th of June 2016.

The accused has been further remanded in custody.

It is alleged that Raju indecently assaulted an 11-year-old girl on the 19th of April, 2016 and allegedly raped her between May 1st and May 28th, 2016.

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