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Summing Up On Rape Case Today

High Court in Suva judge Justice Vincent Perera will deliver his summing up today in the case of two men allegedly involved in the rape and attempted rape of their
26 May 2017 11:00
Summing Up On Rape Case Today

High Court in Suva judge Justice Vincent Perera will deliver his summing up today in the case of two men allegedly involved in the rape and attempted rape of their 15-year-old cousin.

The two accused men gave their evidence in court yesterday.

The first accused, 26, is charged with one count of rape.

The second accused, 40, is charged with one count of attempt to rape.

 

Evidence of first accused

In his evidence, the first accusedtold that court that he agreed that on February 26, 2016, the complainant was inside his house and that he had authority and control over her.

This was put to him by prosecution lawyer, Susan Serukai.

However, he said that they had consensual sex, which was only done after the complainant agreed to his request.

It was revealed in court that the incident took place at a village in Tailevu after Tropical Cyclone Winston, when some villagers were still sheltered in evacuation centres.

The first accused told the court that the complainant’s mother had approached him about her daughter’s whereabouts.

He denied asking forgiveness from her mother at any time as claimed by her in her evidence in court.

The accused told the court that he had a witness as an alibi who was his friend and cousin – also related to the complainant.

He said this friend was sitting with him and others at his house when the complainant’s mother had come looking for her daughter.

Ms Serukai suggested to the accused that the complainant was shaken and found in a traumatised state underneath the bed at her house because of what was allegedly done to her.

But the accused denied this and maintained that the act was consensual.

The four-day trial ends today.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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