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Rape Accused Ex-Cop Gives Evidence

  A former Police officer claimed yesterday at the High Court of Suva that he had sexual relations with the complainant before a Police complaint had been lodged. The 32-year-old
28 Oct 2016 12:00
Rape Accused Ex-Cop Gives Evidence

 

A former Police officer claimed yesterday at the High Court of Suva that he had sexual relations with the complainant before a Police complaint had been lodged.

The 32-year-old man is facing one charge each of rape and indecent assault before Justice Achala Wengapppuli.

Defence lawyer Shalveen Singh asked the accused when the relationship developed to which the accused said he got to know the victim when he used to go to their house for kava sessions.

The accused said one night when he went for a kava session there was no kava so he and the victim walked to a kava shop to get it and while walking the complainant started teasing him by calling him ‘uro’ and by holding his hand.

He told the court that he used to meet the complainant on various occasions at a vacant house not far from the Police post where he was stationed.

Mr Singh asked the accused if he used to give anything to the complainant to which the accused replied that when the complainant  asked he used to give her money for kava and cigarette and said they were so close that sometimes he would just give her money on his own free will.

The accused is a married man with a child and he had been in the Police force since 2008.

Mr Singh asked the accused reasons why he had a relationship with a girl under the age of 16 when he knew the law.

The accused said he was not aware of the complainant’s age because she appeared to be a big girl who would always be around the village women and he said he had never seen her in a school uniform.

The accused told the court that if he had known that she was a minor he would have not had a relationship with her.

The second defence witness, PC Joseph, testified in court that the complainant  often came to the Police post with food for the accused and would also ask him for money to get a recharge and kava.

Mr Joseph said that when he questioned the complainant about her relationship with the accused she had stated that they were just friends.

Justice Wengappuli will sum up the case today.

Edited Rusiate Mataika

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