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I Was Raped: Man Tells Suva Court

  A man told the High Court in Suva yesterday he was raped by three inmates at the Suva Corrections Centre. The three charged with one count of rape are Jonacani
01 Sep 2016 13:25
I Was Raped: Man Tells Suva Court
Rape accuse Jonacani Ciritabua (left) and Sefton Topou outside High Court in Suva yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

A man told the High Court in Suva yesterday he was raped by three inmates at the Suva Corrections Centre.

The three charged with one count of rape are Jonacani Ciritabua, Sefton Tupou and Tevita Qaqanivalu. They have pleaded not guilty.

The trial is before judge, Justice Achala Wengappuli.

The victim told the court that the incident occurred on November 2, 2012 after 6pm when officers did physical counting of inmates.

He said that after coming out of the washroom he was confronted by the accused who told him that he was going to die.

They punched him and took him to the dormitory known as Yasi two where they placed him on the bed and punched him before committing the offence.

He said no prison officer was present.

In cross examination defence lawyer Priya Lal asked the victim about the statements he had given to the Police and had questioned him on why did he not mention in his statement that he was dragged from the bathroom.

The victim told the court that he did mention it to the officer taking his statement.

The trial continues today.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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