Crime & Court

Nasilasila Raises Allegations Against Trial Counsels

Convicted rapist and former 7s star Amenoni Nasilasila, 28, has raised allegations and criticisms against his trial counsels.
16 Sep 2020 09:22
Nasilasila Raises Allegations Against Trial Counsels
Amenoni Nasilasila outside the Fiji Court of Appeal on September 15, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

Convicted rapist and former 7s star Amenoni Nasilasila, 28, has raised allegations and criticisms against his trial counsels.

This was highlighted by Nasilasila’s counsel Mosese Naivalu before Judge Justice Chandana Prematilaka at the Fiji Court of Appeal yesterday.

Mr Naivalu told the Court that a bundle filed by him contained messages communicated over a period of 19 months between the victim and Nasilasila of allegations and criticisms; he claimed that were not tendered by the trial counsels during trial.

He also told the Court that he had informed the trial counsels via an email of the allegations raised by Nasilasila, however, they responded after the documents were filed in Court.

Mr Naivalu told the Court that as per the email correspondence, the trial counsels stood by their performances as the assessors had given their verdicts as not guilty and denied the allegations.

Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Lee Burney told the Court that the materials were not admissible.

Mr Naivalu also told the Court that as per the guidelines, the Chief Registrar was to send the allegation documents to the trial counsels and seek their response given a timeframe to respond.

Justice Prematilaka has directed the Chief Registrar to send the bundle of documents to the trial counsels and seek response to be filed by October 6.

Mr Naivalu is directed to file his reply by October 20. The matter will be called for mention on November 3.

Nasilasila was charged and convicted for rape of a 24-year-old woman at Olosara, Sigatoka, on December 22, 2018.

Nasilasila is serving a sentence of eight years imprisonment with a non-parole period of six years.

He is appealing against his conviction while there is a bail pending appeal application.

Nasilasila’s grounds of appeal are that the Judge had erred in law and in fact in overturning the unanimous not guilty decisions of the assessors.

He also filed on the ground that the Judge had misdirected himself when he stated that since Nasilasila had not given evidence, there was no evidence from him to contract the account of the victim

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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