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Complainant Liked Sex, Accused Tells Court

Josefa Bera, the man accused of raping a woman at the golf course in Vatuwaqa, Suva, told the court yesterday that the complainant enjoyed the sex at the golf course
11 Mar 2017 11:04
Complainant Liked Sex, Accused Tells Court
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Josefa Bera, the man accused of raping a woman at the golf course in Vatuwaqa, Suva, told the court yesterday that the complainant enjoyed the sex at the golf course after clubbing.

The charge:

Bera, 25, is charged with one count of rape and Matorino Madogo, 27, is charged with two counts of rape. It is alleged that on September 11, 2015, at the golf course in Vatuwaqa, Suva, the two accused raped a then 17-year-old girl. Both accused had pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial continued before Justice Vincent Perera.

The accused:

Bera told the court that on September 10, 2015, at 8pm, he and his friends went to the nightclub and drank five jugs of rum and cola. At the club, he said he met the complainant on the dance floor.

The court heard that the complainant grew angry at Bera because he was seen dancing with another girl.

He said the complainant started dancing with him then went to her own group of friends. He also told the court that he and the complainant were kissing on the dance floor.

At around 1 to 2am, Bera said he caught a taxi outside the nightclub with the complainant and Madogo.

He and the complainant sat on the back seat while Madogo sat next to the driver.

He said they were kissing and “she liked it”. He told the court that the complainant showed signs that she wanted him.

When asked by the defence lawyer, Anisha Singh, if the complainant knew where they were going, he said she knew but did not say anything. He said they were heading to Rifle Range to have more drinks.

Bera also told the court that Madogo had bought Chinese Whiskey, which they drank after getting off the taxi. When they got off the taxi, according to Bera, he and the complainant were holding hands as they strolled along the seawall.

He said the three of them started drinking Chinese Whiskey under a tree for at least 20 minutes. The complainant sat on the left while Madogo sat on the right.

After a few minutes, according to Bera, he and the complainant walked a few metres from the tree they were drinking under and had sex. When asked by Mr Singh if the complainant said anything, he told the court that she liked it.

Afterwards, he told the court that they walked back to the tree and Bera threw away the packet of Chinese whiskey because it was strong.

He told the court that in all incidents, the complainant did not refuse or object to it. The trial will continue next week.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  monica.aguilar@fijisun.com.fj

 



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