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Wife: Ex-husband Did Private Jobs, Did Not Contribute to Family

A 33-year-old woman accusing her ex-husband of rape told the court that she was the only person earning in the house while the accused was unemployed. The accused, 31, is
29 Sep 2017 09:58
Wife: Ex-husband Did Private Jobs,  Did Not Contribute to Family

A 33-year-old woman accusing her ex-husband of rape told the court that she was the only person earning in the house while the accused was unemployed.

The accused, 31, is charged with four counts of rape.

The matter was being heard before Judge Justice Riyaaz Hamza at the Suva High Court.

He is alleged to have raped his wife with an eggplant.

The alleged incidents occurred between November 30, 2015 and January 5, 2016.

The woman told the court that although her ex-husband worked he did not contribute to the family’s shopping or other expenses.

“He only did private jobs as a carpenter if he gets it. Otherwise, he was not working but stayed home and only I was working,” the woman said.

It was also revealed through her evidence that the accused had been to prison twice for the breach of Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO).

During cross-examination defence counsel Talei Kean asked the woman if she had visited her ex-husband when he was in prison to which she said yes.

The victim told the court that her ex-husband’s cousin brother was a close friend. He was also their neighbour.

Ms Kean further stated that the woman had admitted to her ex-husband that she had been with his cousin.

“No, he was a close friend and my ex-husband never liked him because he used to joke and play around with me,” she said.

The woman also stated that her ex-husband had asked her to stop talking to his cousin brother; she resigned from her work, as he was going to provide for her.

“He forced me to write my resignation letter,” the woman said.

Her ex-husband told the court that in 2013 his daughter had told him that at night a man had come inside the house.

Ms Kean in examination-in-chief asked the accused what had happened in July 2015.

He said: “When I came home after work I saw my mother-in-law standing near the road with a bag.

“So I asked her what she was doing, she told me that my wife (her daughter) had told her to go out of the house.

“I went directly home and asked my wife why she had told her mum to go away as people in the village are saying that I can’t look after my mother-in-law.

“We had arguments and I told her that you are a Christian and your Lord will call you very soon.

“The next day she went to the police station and reported what I had said and that I had also threatened her.”

The accused was charged for breach of DVRO and sentenced to one month and two weeks of imprisonment.

He also told the court that while in Korovou prison his wife and daughter came to visit him.

“She told me I am going to forgive you and when you get discharged come home,” the accused said.

Ms Kean asked the accused what had happened in May 2015 to which he stated that he went to town with his wife’s phone and while playing with the phone, found a call recording of his wife conversing with another man.

The accused said: “I felt bad because the man asked her when they can do it again. I took the number and called it from another phone; I found out that the man was my neighbour.”

When asked by Ms Kean if he knew who the man was, the accused responded saying that, the man was his friend.

The accused stated that when he confronted his wife she started crying and told him that she had made a mistake.

The case continues today.

Edited by: Karalaini Waqanidrola

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