22nd August 05:48 AM
There is no one in our remand custody on a rape charge that was assaulted - Francis Kean
By Vijay Narayan
Friday 19/07/2019

The Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service, Francis Kean says there is no report of a person accused of rape getting assaulted by Corrections Officers.

A man who allegedly raped his stepdaughter has alleged in the Suva High Court that he has been beaten up in the Remand Centre a few times by some 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 up in his cell on the 9th of this month, last Sunday and this Monday. 

Justice Hamza says sometimes accused persons falsely raise the issue as a guise.

He 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.

Commissioner Kean says they have checked on this news report and he says apparently there is no one in their remand custody on a rape charge that was assaulted.

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