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Rape Victim Had Bruises On Hand, Stomach: Aunt

Rape Victim Had Bruises On Hand, Stomach: Aunt
June 01
17:06 2018

The aunt of an alleged rape victim who accompanied the girl to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital for her medical examination testified in the Suva High Court yesterday that she saw scratch marks on the girl’s hand and stomach.

The 37-year-old woman gave evidence as a Prosecution witness and informed the Court that she was employed as a house girl.

The accused 87-year-old Govind Sami Raju is charged with two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

The alleged incidents happened between April 19, 2016 to May 28, 2016.

The witness said that on the evening of May 26, 2016 the 11-year-old victim was brought to her house by her mother, who is her sister in law.

She said she was informed that the victim was having stomach ache and the victim’s mother requested her to have a look at the girl’s stomach.

The woman said when she examined the girl she noted that her stomach was very hard.

She said the girl seemed scared and after examining her she asked her if she had something to tell her or the Police.

The woman testified that the girl told her that the accused whom she referred to as ‘Dada’ had kissed her on her lips three times and had sex with her.

The victim also told her aunt that after the accused raped her, he wiped himself with a towel and threw the towel in the jungle.

She testified that the girl’s mother was frightened and they went to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre the next day.

In cross examination, the witness agreed with Defence lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi that she also conducted midwife work from home.

Ms Vaniqi told her that her instructions were that she does home abortions.

The witness disagreed and said she massaged people who have medical problems including those with stomach aches.

Ms Vaniqi then asked the witness if she used to be a sex worker at which point Justice Salesi Temo intervened and asked the witness if she had seen the actual rape occur.

The witness told Justice Temo that she did not see the incident and that everything she knew about the alleged rape was from information she received from the victim.

Ms Vaniqi told Justice Temo that her line of questioning went into the credibility of the witness and her motive.

She put to the witness that the tears and redness on her private part was inflicted by the witness to make it look like rape.

The witness said what Ms Vaniqi was saying was not right.

She also disagreed with Ms Vaniqi that she caused the injuries to implicate the accused in the rape case and that it was a plot that she had cooked up with the victim’s mother.

Trial continues today.

The accused is on bail.

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