Alleged rapist still without legal representation


A 64-year-old man alleged of raping his 11-year-old grand-daughter is still without a lawyer to assist him with his charges.

Appearing before Principal Magistrate Ricky Iomea, the man said that he is yet to be legally represented though requests have been sent to the office of the Public Solicitor.

After knowing that the accused is still without a lawyer the court adjourned the case for April 10 to allow the PSO allocate a lawyer for the accused.

The court told the accused that he must make a follow-up on his request for a lawyer as the charges against him are serious.

The grandfather who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim is facing three counts of rape under the Sexual offence amendment Act.

Police alleged the man allegedly raped his 11-year-old grand-daughter on several separate occasions at different locations in the West Maringe District of Isabel

The incident was reported to Buala Police in which the old-man was arrested and charged for allegedly raping his granddaughter at Tirotue Settlement and Ghozoruru in the Hovikoilo Ward on different dates between December 31, 2015 and February 7, 2018.

The prosecution alleges that the old man and the girl were from the same village.

Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for the crown.

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