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Police Officer Convicted Of Rape

A High Court judge in Suva has found a Police officer guilty of rape. Justice Salesi Temo overturned a not guilty verdict of the assessors because he found both the
25 Mar 2015 10:26
Police Officer Convicted Of Rape
Tarajiani Bavesi

A High Court judge in Suva has found a Police officer guilty of rape.

Justice Salesi Temo overturned a not guilty verdict of the assessors because he found both the complainants evidence as more than credible rather than the accused.

Tarajiani Bavesi was charged with four counts of raping two young women in May, 2013.

Bavesi was investigating the two complainants on May 13, 2013 for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.

The complainants were 19 and 20 years old, and the accused was 38 years old at the time of the incident.

Justice Temo said the behaviour of the accused in this case fell below the standard required of a Police officer adding that Bavesi had abused his position of authority.

The court learned that the officer went to the victims’ home and requested them to come to the Nakasi Police Station but took a ‘short cut’ through the Nasinu cemetery.

On their way they stopped at a concrete grave site.

The accused took the first complainant (20-year-old) and told another officer to take the lead with the second complainant.

The accused and the 20-year-old girl were alone at the grave site where the accused forced himself on the complainant and raped her.

Later he took the complainant to the Nakasi Police station.

The accused than took the second complainant (19-year-old) to recover the alleged stolen mobile phone from the victim’s home and again took the ‘short cut’.

On the way the accused stopped at the Nasinu Cemetery and told the 19-year-old that they could resolve the matter among themselves.

The accused then forcefully had sex and oral sex with the victim knowing that the victim did not consent to the acts.

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