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Inconsistencies In Statements: Judge

A High Court judged, while summing up in a rape case, said a prosecution witnesses, and the alleged victim, had inconsistencies in their statements to Police and in what they
14 Dec 2016 14:54
Inconsistencies In Statements: Judge
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A High Court judged, while summing up in a rape case, said a prosecution witnesses, and the alleged victim, had inconsistencies in their statements to Police and in what they had said in court while under oath.

Eroni Cevamaca, 33, of Tavakubu Housing, Lautoka was charged with one count of raping a woman on January 11, 2014.

Following Justice Sunil Sharma’s summing up, the three assessors returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty.

Justice Sharma will pass judgement tomorrow.

Justice Sharma told the court the victim, and witness Jone Namakadre, while being cross examined by defence lawyer Jasveel Singh were questioned about the inconsistencies on what they had told Police “when everything was fresh in their minds and what they had told the court under oath.”

“Both the prosecution witnesses agreed there was a difference between the two versions,” Justice Sharma said.

According to the facts of the case, the alleged incident happened at Cevamaca’s home after Lewairavu, Mr Namakadre and three of her friends joined the accused and two other men for drinks following a night out clubbing.

Justice Sharma directed the assessors to carefully look at evidences from both the defence and the prosecution.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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