More time sought on Sikaiana rape case

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

Prosecution has sought further adjournment on the case against a man facing one count of grievous harm and one count of rape to Thursday to allow them to complete the pre-trial conference document on the grievous harm charge.

Bradley Dalipanda who appeared on behalf of his colleague prosecutor Rajah Abe told the court that the documents are yet to be filed and he needs time to complete the document.

Mr Dalipanda assured the court that by Thursday a PTC should be conducted on the case.

Meanwhile Lazarus Waroka of the Public Solicitor’s office told the court the counsel representing the accused is currently on compassionate leave.

However the presiding Magistrate said for the counsel to try and make contacts with the said counsel so that by Thursday a PTC can be conducted.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged rape victim because they are related, faces one count of rape and count of grievous harm.

The alleged incidents occurred at Sikaiana, in the Malaita Outer Islands (MOI) sometimes this year.

The accused allegedly raped his 13-year-old niece at his house when his wife was away.

On that same day, he also allegedly assaulted a man which resulted in the man losing a few teeth.

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