KOTA KINABALU: The Sessions Court set 17 and 18 May for the trial of a van driver charged with raping a 33 years old woman.
Judge Indra Hj. Ayub set the date after the accused pleaded not guilty for the charge read against him.
Ignatius Lazarus, 41, was accused of committing the crime inside a van parked at the airport field at Kg. Marakau, Ranau, at 8.50pm in 28 January 2012.
He was charged under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code which carries the punishment of up to 20 years jail and caning found guilty.
The prosecution refused to offer bail for the accused in order to prevent him from harassing the victim or any of the witnesses.
Representing Ignatius was his lawyer, Edward Paul.
The court granted no bail for the accused and maintained his arrest order.
Vice Prosecutor Mohd Khairuddin Idris prosecuted. -SayangSabah