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Deuba murder and rape accused further remanded in custody

A man charged with abduction, rape and murder of a girl appeared in the High Court this morning before Justice Salesi Temo. Josua Colanaudolu is alleged to have abducted, raped and murdered a 14-year-old girl in Deuba, last month. The matter was for First Call today (13.04.16). The accused is also facing other rape charges. […]

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April 13, 2016 5:25 pm

A man charged with abduction, rape and murder of a girl appeared in the High Court this
morning before Justice Salesi Temo.

Josua Colanaudolu. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire)
Josua Colanaudolu. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire)

Josua Colanaudolu is alleged to have abducted, raped and murdered a 14-year-old girl in Deuba, last month.

The matter was for First Call today (13.04.16). The accused is also facing other rape charges.

The State applied to consolidate all the files on the grounds that the offences are of similar
nature.

The Court granted State’s application to consolidate the matters and gave 21 days to file the
consolidated Information and file and serve Disclosures in the Deuba case.

The matter has been adjourned to 6 May 2016 for mention.

The accused has been further remanded in custody.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christopher Pryde, is concerned at the reporting of events by some media organisations surrounding the arrest and charge of Josua Colanaudolu in the Deuba murder case currently before the courts.

Mr Pryde said in a statement that the media are reminded that since the accused has now been charged, speculation on the accused’s background or other issues concerning the case are sub judice and therefore, media reports must be confined to what is actually said in court.

Mr Pryde said any breach of the sub judice rule by members of the media or people commenting through social media is a contempt of court and could potentially result in a mistrial.

Mr Pryde said any person or media organisation breaching the sub judice rule may also be liable for prosecution.

He added that it must be remembered that all accused persons have a constitutional right to a fair trial and that an accused person is innocent until the charge has been proved beyond reasonable doubt by the court.

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