14 Mar 2008

More time given in historic Pacific child sex case

4:41 pm on 14 March 2008

A prominent Pacific island legal identity has been given more time to prepare for a committal hearing in Brisbane on child sex charges.

The man presently has name suppression.

In a brief mention in Brisbane Magistrates Court today, prosecutors sought to have a date set for the hearing, but a defence lawyer Robert Aitken said more time was needed to look over the "substantial" brief of evidence.

The defendant, a Fiji-born Australian citizen, was arrested in December at Brisbane International Airport after being deported from Honiara.

He is charged with seven counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under 16, relating to the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in Vanuatu in 1997.