New counsel for pastor on rape charge

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A PASTOR who allegedly raped and assaulted a teenage girl appeared before the High Court in Suva today with a new defence lawyer.

Ravinesh Chand, 36, appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar today .

He is charged with one count of sexual assault and three counts of rape and it is alleged the incidents happened on March 21, 2019  in Luvuluvu, Nausori where Mr  Chand allegedly committed the acts on a 15-year-old female church member.

Earlier, the accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Defence lawyer, Iqbal Khan informed court that he would be representing Mr Chand from now onwards.

Mr Khan said he needed time to go through the proposed agreed facts.

The case has been adjourned to August 16 to fix trial date.

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