Man facing rape charge needs lawyer

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A man facing one count of rape has told court that he needs a lawyer to represent him.

Principal Magistrate Tearo Beneteti told the accused that if he needs a lawyer then he must continue following up on his requests made to the Public Solicitor’s office.

The accused told the court that he had made several requests to the PSO but has not had any lawyer visit him.

Beneteti said that he must continue to check on the PSO with the assistance of the Correctional Services and not to give up as the PSO is also facing a shortage of lawyers.

Meanwhile Public Prosecutor John Zoze informed the court that investigation into the alleged incident has already completed and disclosures have been prepared and are ready to be served to the defence.

The court then adjourned the case to October 15 for the accused to secure a lawyer so that the case can proceed.

On another separate case of rape incident that occurred in August and September of this year, the prosecution said that investigation is continuing and also the accused is still without a lawyer to represent him.

Prosecution also said that it is a new matter and the case is yet to be allocated to a prosecutor.

The case has also been adjourned to October 15 for mention.

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