A man who allegedly raped his stepdaughter has alleged in the Suva High Court that he has been beaten in the remand centre a few times by the corrections officers.
The man is charged with four counts of rape and 4 counts of sexual assault and the alleged incidents happened in 2017 in Suva.
His lawyer informed Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza that the man alleges that he was beaten in his cell on the 9th of this month, last Sunday and this Monday.
Justice Hamza has made an order that the man be taken to the CWM Hospital to be examined.
Justice Hamza says despite these issues being highlighted a lot, he does not understand why some of the corrections officers allegedly continue to do this.
He says it is not only happening in Fiji but all over the world.
Justice Hamza also said that sometimes accused persons falsely raise the issue as a guise.
The trial will be held in September.