A FATHER accused of having sex with his daughter over a period of time denied the allegations when he appeared yesterday in the Magistrates Court.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his alleged victims, is facing four counts of incest, two counts of indecent assault and two counts of common assault.
He allegedly committed the offenses on various dates between 31 January 2008 and September 2009 on Gela, Central Province, and in Honiara.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared before Principal Magistrate Mekeo Gauli.
Mr Gauli said he will confirm to counsels on the next appearance whether the incest matter is to be dealt with only at the High Court or can also be dealt with at the Magistrates Court.
He said if the Magistrates Court have the jurisdiction to deal with the incest matter then a trial date will be fixed.
But he said if it is a matter to be dealt with by the High court then a date for a Preliminary Inquiry can be fixed.
The father was further remanded to appear on January 13.
Michael Holara from the Public Solicitor’s Office is representing the accused.
By ASSUMPTA PIVA
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