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Court Briefly
Fiji Government
April 19
11:21 2016

Man charged with rape acquitted

A man charged with two counts of raping a minor in Nausori last year has been acquitted by the Suva High Court.

The Judge, Justice Priyantha Fernando found Jese Loanakadavu not guilty of the charges against him.

He concurred with the three assessors who unanimously found Loanakadavu not guilty of two counts of rape and a lesser offence of defilement.

In his judgment, Justice Fernando said the complainant contradicted her own evidence.

He said the complainant was not at all a reliable witness and her evidence should not be relied upon.

Justice Fernando said the complainant was not truthful when she claimed she was dragged to a house and her legs, hands and mouth were tied.

The court also found Loanakadavu truthful when he said the complainant was above 16 years of age as he had never seen the complainant in school uniform.

Loanakadavu, in his evidence, said when he met the complainant the first day, she told him that she was attending FNU.  Litia Cava

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

 

Cokanauto appears in court

Church pastor Jone Cokanauto who is charged with multiple rape offences appeared in the Suva High Court yesterday.

State lawyer Meli Vosawale made an application to consolidate all the six files pertaining to Cokanauto’s charges.

Cokanauto is alleged to have been involved in several rape cases between years 2005, 2006 and 2012.These rape cases are alleged to have occurred in Suva and Taveuni.

Judge Salesi Temo said when a person was charged with multiple counts of rape, the question on whether or not the accused ought to remain on bail, had to be examined and it was imperative to address it on the next hearing.

The case will be recalled on May 6.

 

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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