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Mother-Daughter Rape Trial: Woman Denies Allegations By Daughter

Mother-Daughter Rape Trial: Woman  Denies Allegations  By Daughter
November 10
11:53 2017

A 45-year-old woman alleged to have raped her 14-year-old daughter denied this at the Suva High Court, yesterday

The woman is alleged to have performed the acts between January 1, 2016 and July 5, 2016.

Evidence

She gave evidence during the second day of trial. She told Justice Salesi Temo that she loved her daughter more than she loved her three sons.

She said she only found out about the sex abuse allegations when she was taken to the Nakasi Police Station.

She said at no point during the alleged period of offending was she ever at home alone with her daughter.

The court heard that the woman was hurt when she found out about the allegations.

She said even though she used to hit her daughter to discipline her, their mother-daughter relationship was fairly good.

She reiterated that her daughter had started following the wrong crowd and she would hear stories of her smoking and taking a liking to boys.

It was put to the woman that it would not have taken her daughter seven months to report the matter to the Police if she was lying about the allegations.

She responded saying she did not know why her daughter had reported her to the Police.

She said her daughter’s attitude had changed when she started following the wrong crowd adding that she would lie to her and steal from her.

She said she used to tell her sons not to hit her daughter and that she would be the one to discipline her.

The court heard that the woman went to her daughter’s school one afternoon when she failed to return.

Upon arrival at the school the teachers informed her that the head teacher had accompanied her daughter to the Police Station.

She was then told that her daughter had gone to school crying that morning and told her teachers that her mother had hit her.

The woman told Justice Temo that as a mother she would discipline her daughter when she did not listen and her daughter did not like it.

She said that she only wanted the best teaching for her only daughter.

Justice Temo is expected to sum up today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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