BY JENNIFER KUSAPA
Defence lawyer of a Bangladeshi facing rape charges is accusing prosecution of playing delay tactics.
Lawyer Hubert Fugui told court yesterday prosecution had been slow in providing disclosures regarding the charges against the accused.
Fugui explained that the case had been brought before the court on April 17; he was given the disclosures several weeks later.
And, he adds that the dates on the medical report were dated April 18.
He said prosecution should assess the evidence and properly update court on the status of investigation, rather than coming to court and seeking adjournments.
Court then adjourned the case for June 8, for the accused to enter a plea.
This is the case of a Bangladesh national who is faced with counts of rape, indecent act, criminal trespass and count of intimidation.
Regarding the rape charge, police alleged that the accused raped an underage girl on unknown dates early this year.
Prosecution alleged that the Bangladeshi raped an 11-year-old girl at an area in East Honiara.
According to Police the case was reported to the Henderson police station by the mother of the victim.
Police said the victim’s mother called in at Henderson Police Station and reported that her daughter was raped by a Bangladesh national in his bedroom.
The mother said she only knew of the incident when she heard stories from other girls about what happened to her, it was at that time the mother asked her daughter and confirmed that the accused has been doing sexual action on her for about a week but she was afraid to tell anyone about it.