Fijian national rape suspect ordered not to drive Uber again
6 March, 2019, 3:30 am
A FIJIAN national accused of raping a 50-year-old woman in Sydney, Australia has been ordered by the Parramatta Local Court not to drive Uber again.
Savenaca Rokosiga was produced before the Parramatta Local Court on Monday charged with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
Police alleged that the accused, an Uber driver, had picked up the 30-year-old woman at about 11.25pm on Saturday before committing the alleged offences.
The accused then allegedly drove the complainant to her Penrith home. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the complainant reported the alleged sexual assault to Police at about 11.30am the next day.
The Police Prosecution objected to bail for the accused, saying that Mr Rokosiga would face a lengthy stint in prison if convicted as each offence carried a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment, the SMH reported.
His Legal Aid representative instead argued that his client did not deny the encounter with the Uber passenger, but claimed the sex was consensual.
Magistrate Peter Feather granted Mr Rokosiga bail, saying that while the accused was facing ‘two very serious charges’, he accepted that the man had strong community ties and needed to support his wife and two children.
Mr Rokosiga was ordered to surrender his passport and pay a $2000 surety. He will reappear in court on May 9.