26-year-old denies alleged rape charge

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A 26-YEAR-OLD man who allegedly entered the home of a 24-year-old woman and raped her has denied committing the alleged offence.

The accused pleaded not guilty to one count of rape when he appeared before judge Justice Riyaz Hamza at the High Court in Suva this week.

The alleged incident took place on March 24, this year.

The court heard the complainant and the accused were from the same settlement and both were tertiary students.

State lawyer Sadaf Shameem informed court that there were no admissions in the caution interview and the State was not relying on it.

Ms Shameem said given the accused had taken his plea, the State needed 14 days to file proposed agreed facts. Justice Hamza told the State to file proposed agreed facts by July 18 and for the defence to reply thereafter.

He informed the defence and State to finalise pre-trial conference checklist before the next court date so that a trial date could be fixed. The accused had his bail extended. The case has been adjourned to September 7.

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