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Judge Warns Complainant Of Contempt Of Court

The majority of the questions asked by the defence lawyer were not answered by the complainant during her cross examination in a rape trial yesterday. Following this Suva High Court
14 Jun 2017 10:00
Judge Warns Complainant Of Contempt Of Court
Jai Prasad outside the High Court in Suva on June 13, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

The majority of the questions asked by the defence lawyer were not answered by the complainant during her cross examination in a rape trial yesterday.

Following this Suva High Court Judge Justice Vincent Perera, had to instruct the prosecution lawyers to warn the complainant that she could be charged for contempt of court.

The complainant who took the stand as the first state prosecution witness had alleged that Jai Prasad, 30, a radio announcer, allegedly raped her on July 31, 2014.

The 26-year-old kept crying and made the court wait for her answers which she decided not to give after the lunch break.

The court granted time for prosecution to communicate with the witness in the presence of the defence lawyer.

She said she could not continue with the trial yesterday and wanted to return to court today.

Defence lawyer, Jitendra Reddy highlighted the inconsistency in the evidence of the complainant while recounting the alleged offence at his client’s house.

In his cross examination, Mr Reddy told the complainant that her statement recorded by the Police contradicted the statement she gave in court on Monday.

The complainant said it was because the Police did not record her statement completely and added that she did not want to bother anyone.

She also said she could not recall what she had told the Police.

State prosecutor, Juleen Fatiaki told the court that the complainant needed to rest as she had been answering questions for two days.

The matter is adjourned for today at 10:30 am.

Justice Perera also requested Mr Reddy to approach the complainant gently and not be aggressive with his questions.

In his defence, Mr Reddy stated that this was what he had learnt in law school.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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