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Rape Accused Strongly Denies Charges

A 27-year-old man charged for the rape of his cousin repeatedly denied in court that he committed the offence. The trial was heard before Judge Justice Vincent Perera at the
09 Jun 2017 11:00
Rape Accused Strongly Denies Charges
Rape

A 27-year-old man charged for the rape of his cousin repeatedly denied in court that he committed the offence.

The trial was heard before Judge Justice Vincent Perera at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The accused is charged with two counts of rape.

It is alleged to have happened between November 2015 and January 2016.

Defence lawyer Barbara Malimali told the accused to speak clearly and comfortably as he took the witness stand to tell his side of the story.

 

Accused’s testimony

The accused told the court that he was living with his grandparents, sister and cousins at the time of the alleged incident.

When asked by Ms Malimali on what he thought about the allegation, the accused told the court that he did not do it and had no idea about the incident.

The accused said: “My grandparents were very religious and we were taught God’s teachings and were emphasised to concentrate on our studies to get a good job.

“I feel my whole world is ruined because of this allegation and shame has been brought up to my family and me, but I am happy God is with me and so is my family.”

Ms Malimali asked the accused about the complainant’s behaviour while growing up.

He said she used to listen when she was in primary school, but became rebellious when she got into high school.

The accused said the complainant would rebel against her grandparents, him and his sister and lie about her whereabouts.

The court was told that the complainant would sneak out of their home in the night with made up alibis.

He described her actions as “offending”.

Ms Malimali further asked if he ever told the complainant off when she used to rebel, to which the accused answered “Yes”.

Under cross examination, state lawyer Lavinia Bogitini, suggested to the accused that he committed the alleged acts and was lying to the court.

The accused replied saying that he did not do it.

“I am really honest and am telling you straight that I didn’t do it,” said the accused.

The trial continues today.

 

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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