Six Kadavu youths appeared in the High Court in Suva today with 31 counts of sexual offences.
Aisake Mata, Anare Naqau, Atama Verevou, Esala Raiyawa, Miniuse Rarasea and Epineri Lata appeared before Justice Paul Madigan and received their charges from six complainants.
Mata is charged with one count of rape and 1 count of unnatural offence, Naqau is charged with 5 counts of rape, 1 sexual assault and 2 unnatural offences.
Verevou faces 9 counts of rape, 1 count of sexual assault and 3 counts of unnatural offences, Raiyawa is charged with 3 counts of rape and 2 counts of unnatural offences while Rarasea is charged with 2 counts of rape and Lata is charged with 2 counts of rape and 2 counts of unnatural.
The court heard that the six complainants were all under 13 years of age.
DPP requested for more time to file full disclosures and called for six different trials for the accused persons.
The court has given DPP till October 19 to make a final decision while the defence is yet to file a submission response to the DPP.
By Ropate Valemei