The case of an expatriate man accused of raping his step-daughter last year in Honiara will be brought back to the court on March 28.
This is for the mention of the case while waiting for the High Court to hear stay application which the accused’s lawyer has lodged on his behalf.
The application is to stay the proceedings in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court on grounds of immunity.
His wife whom is also an expatriate is working for a regional institute in the country to which the accused claims he is entitled to the diplomatic immunities and privileged that is extended to family members of those working at that institution.
The accused faces five counts of rape which he allegedly committed in March and June last year.
Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo having mentioned the matter yesterday extended the accused’s bail.
Suri’s Legal Practice represents the accused while the Public Prosecutor Ishmael Kekou is representing the State.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN