Asylum seeker released on bail

The 31- year- old Sri Lankan Asylum seeker who is facing sexual assault charge at the Lorengau District court has been released on K2,000 bail.

The defendant, Rajeev Rajendran returned to court on Wednesday before Magistrate Josephine Nidue with an interpreter where his charge was read and explained to him in court.

His case was later adjourned to Feb 27 while police continue their investigations towards compiling the hand up brief to present to court.

Rajendran also paid bail of K2,000 and was released from police custody with conditions set by the Court.

He was arrested over the weekend and charged with sexual penetration.

It is alleged he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Grade 9 student at the Harbour side Hotel in Lorengau on Jan 17.

He allegedly booked a room at the hotel where he sexually assaulted the victim.


Sally Pokiton