Father accused of incest to spend Christmas in custody

A father who is facing 79 charges of incest and 79 charges of rape against his daughter will be spending Christmas behind bars after his bail hearing was deferred to January 2020. 

The father, whose name has been suppressed by the Court, to protect the identity of his daughter had pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. 

The alleged offending dates back to 2013. 

Appearing before Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke this week, the father’s continuous request to be released to look after his “disabled wife” and four children was opposed by prosecution. 

Justice Leiataualesa said the hearing for the father’s bail application is set on 15 January 2020. 

A hearing date for the matter is scheduled for 7 September 2020. 

He has been remanded in custody until his bail hearing next year. 

The man's defence lawyer, Afamasaga Michael So’onalole, entered a not guilty plea from the father last week. 

During an unsuccessful bail application the father had asked the Court for forgiveness because he was a sinful man. 

He said his wife is disabled if he can be released so he can care for his young children. 

The Court reminded the accused that he cannot be released on bail due to the seriousness of his offending and because the alleged victim is his own daughter. 

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