Bail application on rape case today

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THE court will today hear the bail application on behalf of the 19-year-old man alleged of raping a girl on January 12 of this year at a village in Ngella.

Defence lawyer Samuel Balea filed the application yesterday and since the prosecution needed time to look through the application the court granted an adjournment to today for the hearing.

Defence has notified court and prosecution on the intended bail application last week and the court ordered for the defence lawyer to file a proper application to the court and their reasons for the application before close of business on Friday.

Meanwhile defence lawyer Mr Balea told court yesterday that he was unable to file the application before close of business on Friday last week as he was busy with his other cases in the Court.

Thus, from his late submission, he sought an adjournment on the case to allow prosecution to read through and prepare their respond to the bail application.

The prosecution said the alleged incident occurred at Hagalu village in the Central Islands Province.

John Wesley Zoze appeared for the office of the Director Public Prosecution yesterday.