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Man acquitted of rape, sexual assault

A 38-year-old man thanked the Lord after being ac­quitted by the Suva High Court of rape and sexual assault yesterday. “I thank God that I have been ac­quitted and I
24 Oct 2017 11:00
Man acquitted of rape, sexual assault

A 38-year-old man thanked the Lord after being ac­quitted by the Suva High Court of rape and sexual assault yesterday.

“I thank God that I have been ac­quitted and I plan to reunite with my family now and strengthen my spiritual life,” he said.

The man was alleged to have raped his 12-year-old niece on April 17, last year.

According to the complainant’s evidence in court, she said that she was scared of her uncle and on April 17 when she came out of the toilet, her uncle had allegedly pulled her hand and committed the alleged sexual acts.

She further claimed that she had told her sister the same thing, however when her sister gave evidence in court Justice Vin­cent Perera said that the sister’s evidence was not consistent with what the victim had told the court.

Justice Perera said: “The incon­sistencies and the improbabili­ties when taken together create a strong doubt in my mind as to whether the complainant had given a true account of what had happened on the day in question.

“The accused was not a credible and reliable witness as his version of events was not consistent with what was suggested to the com­plainant during the cross-exami­nation.

“Considering all the circum­stances and the accused’s demea­nor and deportment when he gave evidence of his version with regard to the allegation against, he was not credible and reliable. However, an accused cannot be convicted of an offence for the mere reason that his evidence is incredible.

“Prosecution has failed to prove the two offences against the ac­cused.”

The man was represented by de­fence counsel Lisiate Qetaki.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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