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Biological Mother Says Adopted Mum Took Time

The biological mother of a four-year-old girl who is alleged to have been raped told the High Court in Suva that she reported the matter after her aunty, who is
19 Nov 2017 19:29
Biological Mother Says Adopted Mum Took Time

The biological mother of a four-year-old girl who is alleged to have been raped told the High Court in Suva that she reported the matter after her aunty, who is the child’s adopted mother, took her time to report it.

The four-year-old was allegedly raped by the de-facto partner of the child’s adopted mother.

The woman told Justice Riyaz Hamza on Fridaythat her aunty wanted to adopt her daughter because she was young at the time and her aunty could not have children. She also said her aunty initiated the idea to adopt her child.

The woman said she cried when her aunty called her on March 24, 2017 and told her about the allegation.She told the court she felt hurt because she was unable to protect her little girl.After that phone call they had a family discussion about the alleged incident.

Justice Hamza heard that the woman reported the matter to the Police on the first week of April this year at the Navua Police Station.When asked about her aunt’s reaction after she reported it,the woman said her aunty was upset however they were in good terms a week later.

She said her intention of reporting the matter to Police was to find out what happened to her daughter. She also said her aunty had wanted to report the matter however she took her time reporting it because she was still in disbelief.

The mother also said her aunty had been dating the accused for at least seven years, but she did not know the accused well.

The trial will continue tomorrow.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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