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Complainant lying, accused told Police

By TALEBULA KATE The High Court in Suva yesterday heard that the accused who allegedly raped a former co-worker said the complainant had lied about pushing him away when they
19 Feb 2014 09:06

By TALEBULA KATE

The High Court in Suva yesterday heard that the accused who allegedly raped a former co-worker said the complainant had lied about pushing him away when they were having sex.
This was disclosed in court when the detective who interviewed the accused, Vuniyani Sauvou gave evidence.
Detective Corporal Roy Senibici told the court that he had interviewed Sauvou under caution in the English language and Sauvouwas given his right to a lawyer and to remain silent.
Corporal Senibici said the accused alleged he got punched at Morris Hedstrom in Tamavua by another guy because they were drunk.
After that Sauvou, said he, the complainant and another man got into a taxi driven by one Uraia.
In the interview Sauvou said the other person got off at Nabua and he told the driver that he and the complainant were going to sleep at Narere.
The court heard that the complainant, who was a taxi base operator, was willing to go with Sauvou to the home of the accused’s sister’s son.
Corporal Senibici then showed him the clothes the complainant was wearing on March 6, 2011 which were an orange top, long pants and tights.
Sauvou recognised the clothes but was not sure whether the complainant was wearing the tights.
Corporal Senibici said he was then taken to the home where the alleged rape took place and was shown the room.
Sauvou also denied slapping the complainant and said that he did not threaten her.
He also said he did not forcefully remove the complainant’s pants and claimed she took them off herself.
“She was threatened by you and she never consented to sex,” Corporal Senibici asked and the accused replied “no”.
Corporal Senibici then asked if he objected to the medical report that there were signs of sexual intercourse.
Sauvou had no objections and said that they had sex.
He fell asleep after that and when he woke up the complainant was gone.
Meanwhile, a bench warrant was issued for Uraia who failed to appear in court after being served with a summon to be a prosecution witness.
The trial continues today.


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