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Accused Tells Court He Was Never Asked By Police If He Wanted Lawyer Or Otherwise

A 40-year-old man told the Suva High Court yesterday that he was not asked during his Police caution interview whether he wanted the services of a lawyer or not. The
03 Nov 2017 12:19
Accused Tells Court He Was Never Asked By Police If He Wanted Lawyer Or Otherwise

A 40-year-old man told the Suva High Court yesterday that he was not asked during his Police caution interview whether he wanted the services of a lawyer or not.

The man is alleged to have raped his 14 year-old nephew sometimes between November 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015.

The accused is charged alongside three other men who are also alleged to have raped the same complainant between November 1, 2015 and March 3 last year.

While giving evidence before Judge Justice Salesi Temo the accused confirmed signing his caution interview statement however he said they never explained to him what was written in the statement.

He said he was informed about the allegations against him but he did not understand it.

He said he never told the Police that his source of income was fishing.

The accused confirmed that he stays in the same village as the complainant and had shown his house to the Police.

He said he was home alone on the day of the alleged incident however he never saw the complainant go past his house.

The 52 year-old third accused also gave evidence during trial yesterday.

In his cross examination State lawyer Taitusi Tuenuku put to him that he had hugged the complainant even though he never told him to.

The accused responded that he did not.

Mr Tuenuku questioned the accused why he said that he only went to the village on January 1, 2016 when he had written in his diary that he had gone to the village on January 28 to paint a house.

The accused responded to Mr Tuenuku saying that he told Police that he had only gone to the village once in January 1 last year because Police had only questioned about the period between January 1 and January 19 last year.

Mr Tuenuku put to the accused that the medical findings of the doctor were consistent with what the complainant said that the accused had penetrated him.

The accused responded saying “no”.

The trial continues in the High Court today where the fourth accused is expected to take the stand and give evidence.

Edited by Mohammed Ali


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