Magistrate Margaret Mua rejected bail for 21 year old Petero Bai who allegedly raped the 8 year old. Bai requested bail on the grounds that his wife was pregnant and his desire to be present at the birth of his child.
Bai, with his head bowed, appeared before a packed courtroom yesterday under heavy police guard, and with the crowd hurling abuse at him.
The case has been adjourned to the 12th of April for mention.
The eight year old victim is still admitted at the Intensive Care Unit and is in a critical condition.