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Stepfather Walks Free

A stepfather charged with rape walked free after the High Court in Suva acquitted him. On November 13, 2010 at a settlement, in Tailevu, the man allegedly had carnal knowledge
09 Oct 2014 00:40
Stepfather Walks Free
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A stepfather charged with rape walked free after the High Court in Suva acquitted him.

On November 13, 2010 at a settlement, in Tailevu, the man allegedly had carnal knowledge of a child under the age of 13.

Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam while delivering his judgment said the assessors had found the accused guilty.

“I direct myself on my own summing up and looking at the evidence, I find that I cannot agree with the guilty verdict of the assessors.”

The victim was 11 years at the time of the incident and living at (the) settlement with her mother and stepfather (accused).

The victim claimed that her stepfather had done it on a number of occasions.

Justice Kumararatnam said the victim had not uttered a single word about the incident in her evidence because she had ample time to inform her mother of the incident and only came out with the incident after one year.

The court was told that the victim did not tell her mother about the incidents as the accused had threatened to do ‘bad things’ to her.

The judge said the victim failed to explain what she understood by ‘bad things.’

Justice Kumararatnam said considering the evidence presented by the prosecution, it created a genuine doubt and the prosecution failed to prove the case against the accused.

“Therefore I acquit the accused from the charge.”

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