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Nakasi rape suspect appears in court

A man appeared before the Nasinu Magistrates Court in a special sitting today in connection with the rape of a nine-year-old girl in Nakasi this month. Laitia Nalawa, 31, is charged with: First Count: Burglary  Second Count: Theft Third Count: Assault with intent to commit rape Fourth Count: Rape The Office of the Director of […]

Calvin Prasad

July 25, 2015 5:08 pm

A man appeared before the Nasinu Magistrates Court in a special sitting today in connection with the rape of a nine-year-old girl in Nakasi this month.

Laitia Nalawa in Nasinu Magistrates Court today. Photo: @cal2go/Twitter
Laitia Nalawa in Nasinu Magistrates Court today. Photo: @cal2go/Twitter

Laitia Nalawa, 31, is charged with:

  • First Count: Burglary 
  • Second Count: Theft
  • Third Count: Assault with intent to commit rape
  • Fourth Count: Rape

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution said in a statement:

  • All four counts were read to the accused.
  • Nalawa informed the court that he understood the charges, and waived his right to counsel.
  • Nalawa has been remanded in custody.
  • Nalawa appeared before Magistrate Sufia Hamza.
  • Matter will be called in the High Court on August 7.

The court granted the following applications by the state:

  1. Matter to be transferred to High Court as Rape is an indictable offense;
  2. Interim name suppression orders of the complainant, and
  3. Accused to be remanded in custody.

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