The Magistrates Court has committed the alleged rape and murder case of a 6-year-old girl at Etas for plea on September 4, 2018.
During the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) hearing yesterday, Prosecutor Philip Toaliu submitted that the investigation of the case which dated back in April this year revealed that Bob Robert is the accused behind the tragedy on the night of April 18.
Mr Toaliu said Robert is facing one count of unlawful entering a dwelling house, one count of attempted entry of a dwelling house, one count of abduction and two counts of aggravated unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 15 years.
He said the man is also facing an additional charge of intentional homicide.
Before Magistrate Kibeon Harrison Nimbwen, Mr Toaliu further submitted that the PI bundle is ready to proceed with in the Supreme Court and asked the court to commit it to the Supreme Court.
In his submissions, he said they have filed an amended information and a summary of facts.
He said the prosecution has 31 witnesses to call if the case goes to trial.
He said most of the exhibits tendered in the PI bundle included medical exhibits, doctor’s reports and the pathologist’s reports.
He said after four months of investigation, the Prosecution has filed the case and is ready to proceed.
The defence lawyer who is acting on behalf of Robert said they have received the PI bundle, and agreed for the case to be committed to the Supreme Court.
Earlier reports claimed that after being paroled for an unrelated issue, Robert allegedly entered the house of the victim’s family.
Reports revealed that hours before dawn on April 19, 2018, Robert allegedly abducted the victim, raped her and later intentionally killed her.
Before committing the case, Magistrate Nimbwen said that he has been through the PI bundle, facts, witness statements and other related documents and things that Robert himself admitted during his caution, and he has no issue with it.
He clarified to Robert who was also present yesterday in court that he is not going to judge the case, but only to check on the evidences and determine whether or not he should commit it to the higher court.
Magistrate Nimbwen said he is satisfied that there was a prima facie case (enough evidence) therefore he ordered Robert to stand trial for plea on September 4, 2018.
He also made a separate order extending the remand warrant until the next plea date, when the defendant will appear in the Supreme Court.