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Trial Starts For Pacific Harbour Rape Accused

The trial has started for Josua Colanaudolu who is charged with four counts of abduction, one count for indecently annoying a female, six counts for rape and one count for
13 May 2017 10:19
Trial Starts For Pacific Harbour Rape Accused
Josua Colanaudolu relaxing at the cellblock after pleading not guilty to rape, abduction and murder charges at the High Court in Suva on May 12, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

The trial has started for Josua Colanaudolu who is charged with four counts of abduction, one count for indecently annoying a female, six counts for rape and one count for murder.

The case was called yesterday before Judge Justice Salesi Temo at the High Court in Suva.

State prosecution lawyer, Lee Burney told the court in his opening address that it was the victim, Mere Ailevu’s misfortune that she stayed out a little late after church on March 13, 2016.

“He raped her and then picked her up and carried her along the beach where he discarded her and went back to his home,” Mr Burney told the court.

He said as a result of the investigations three more women came forward who had allegedly suffered because of Colanaudolu.

“It is very difficult for women who have been sexually assaulted to speak openly in court,” said Mr Burney.

 

The charges:

The court heard that there were four victims in the case, including the deceased, Mere Ailevu, 14, of a settlement near Pacific Harbour.

For the first victim, Colanaudolu faces two counts of abduction which allegedly took place between January 1, 1998 and February 31, 2001.

For the same victim, he is charged with two counts of rape.

In the case of the second victim, Colanaudolu is charged with one count each of abduction, rape and indecently annoying females.

These charges relate to alleged incidents that took place between June 1, 2002, and December 31, 2004.

In the case of the third victim, Colanaudolu faces one count of rape, which allegedly took place on November 16, 2012.

The fourth victim in the case is Mere Ailevu. For Mere, Colanaudolu faces two counts of rape, one count each of abduction and murder.

According to particulars read out in court, the alleged incident took place between March 13 and 14, 2016.

 

Prosecution witness 1:

Dr James Kalougivaki

Dr Kalougivaki, a forensic pathologist for the Fiji Police Force, gave evidence yesterday in relation to the post mortem examination he had conducted on Mere on March 15.

Dr Kalougivaki said his external examination of the deceased showed signs of small bites by small animals on the front part of her body.

He said: “The white part of both her eyes were red and showed pin point small bleeding associated with struggle to breath.

“The internal examination of the face and the neck showed findings of bruises under the skin and bleeding within the muscles.

“The examination behind the neck showed a 50 by 60 millimetre bruising under the skin and bleeding within the muscles.”

Dr Kalougivaki also said the scalp examination showed numerous bruises under the skin and the muscle at the back of the head showed bleeding within the muscles.

“There was bleeding within the gaps of the left side of the brain,” Dr Kalougivaki said.

Mr Burney asked Dr Kalougivaki what could have caused such bruising. He replied that it was due to a blunt force trauma.

The accused is represented by lawyers Lavinia David and Michael Fesaitu while the state prosecution is represented by Mr Burney and Sujata Lodhia.

The trial continues on May 15.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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