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Alleged abduction, rape victim clarifies evidence in court The 37-year-old taxi driver accused of abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl between January 10 to January 13, 2014 pleaded not guilty
02 Feb 2018 13:25
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Alleged abduction, rape victim clarifies evidence
in court

The 37-year-old taxi driver accused of abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl between January 10 to January 13, 2014 pleaded not guilty to amended information filed by the State yesterday.

On the first count of abduction of a young person under 18-years-old, on January 10, 2014 in Nasinu, the accused Umendra Kumar is alleged to have unlawfully caused the complainant to be taken out of the possession and against her mother’s will. For the second count of rape, between January 11, 2014 and January 12, 2014 in Nadi, Kumar allegedly raped the complainant without her consent.

On the third count of rape on January 12, 2014 in Nadi he again allegedly raped the complainant without her consent.

For the last count of rape, on January 13, 2014 in Rakiraki, he allegedly raped the complainant without her consent.

In cross examination, Legal Aid lawyer Lavinia David questioned the complainant about her date of birth and asked her if she was 14-years-old at the material time and not 13-years-old as she had earlier testified.

The complainant said she was 14-years-old in January of 2014 and not 13 as she had mistakenly said. She also said she was completing form three at the time and starting form four in January, 2014 and not in class eight as she had earlier said.

She said on the day of the alleged abduction she was staying at the pastor’s house in Nasinu with another girl.

She said on that evening they had a problem with the pastor’s wife after the complainant was found talking with a boy inside her bedroom.

She said they got scared and they decided to pack their clothes and leave the house at 11pm.

The court heard that the complainant and the other girl decided to take the shortcut to Narere/Navosai to go the complainant’s mother’s house.

When questioned by Ms David, the complainant said she usually informed her mother at all times whenever she was going somewhere but had failed to do so on that night. She said she did not have any credit to call her mother and did not think of sending her a call back message.

The complainant said a taxi had stopped for them while they were walking to her mother’s house.

However Ms David put to her that her friend had indeed stopped the taxi to which she said no.

The complainant also denied that they had been walking past Laqere near the bus stop when the taxi stopped for them. Trial continues in the High Court today.

Edited by Percy Kean

Alleged rape victim denies affair

A 23-year-old rape complainant yesterday refuted claims that she was having an affair with her alleged rapist.

The accused Ravindra Deo is charged with one count each of sexual assault and rape.

On September 26, 2011 he is alleged to have indecently and unlawfully assaulted the complainant and penetrated her using his finger.

During trial, the woman told Suva High Court Judge Justice Vincent Perera that she had been talking to the accused on the phone for about six months but only considered him as a friend.

She said she was 16-years-old at the time of the alleged incident and was in form four.

While giving evidence, she said the accused called her on the day of the alleged rape and sexual assault and told her to go to his house.

She said she went to his place after he threatened to tell her parents that they were having an affair.

Defence lawyer Jitendra Reddy questioned the complainant why she felt threatened if she was indeed not having an affair with the accused as she claims.

She said that the accused was threatening her and that any girl would feel scared.

Further Mr Reddy asked the complainant if she had confidence in her family members to which she said she did.

He then asked her why she did not inform them about the accused’s threats.

She responded saying she was also scared of her family members which is why she did not inform them.

The complainant further stated in evidence that the accused had been forcing her to meet him on different occasions but she kept declining.

Trial continues in the High Court today. State lawyer Swastika Sharma is representing the Prosecution.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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