Rape case committed to High Court


The case against a man accused of multiple counts of rape and common assault has been committed to the High Court for trial.

John Junior Laufilu is facing four counts of rape and one count of common assault. He pleaded not guilty therefore the case will go to trial.

Presiding Magistrate Dalcy Belapitu Oligari ruled that the evidence is sufficient to commit Laufilu to the High Court to stand trial.

Oligari further directed that the case be called in the High Court on February 23. Bail for Laufilu was extended.

It was alleged on October 28, 2023 at Papaho area, Laufilu had sexual intercourse with the complainant without her consent or been reckless of lack of consent.

Also, prosecution further alleged that Laufilu assaulted the same complainant on the same day.

Again, on October 29, 2023 at Papaho, the accused had sexual intercourse with the same complainant without her consent.

After the alleged incidents the complainant went and reported the matter to the police.

Gina Oroi of DPP office act for the Crown and Ben Alasia of PSO act for the defendant.

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