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Assessors Opinion: 4 Not Guilty

Assessors have delivered an opinion Napolioni Leiloma, Wame Baleimakogai, Luke Sorovakatini and Sanjay Lal are not guilty on charges of rape and assault with intent to commit rape. The four
14 Jul 2018 10:25
Assessors Opinion: 4 Not Guilty

Assessors have delivered an opinion Napolioni Leiloma, Wame Baleimakogai, Luke Sorovakatini and Sanjay Lal are not guilty on charges of rape and assault with intent to commit rape.

The four accused appeared before Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo yesterday.

Justice Temo will deliver his judgement at the High Court on Monday at 11.30am.

Leiloma, Baleimakogai, Sorovakatini and Lal are charged with four counts of rape and one of assault with intent to commit rape.

The alleged incident happened on October 9, 2016 in Waimaro, Tailevu, where two young women aged 19 and 20 years old respectively were allegedly raped by four men.

Three of the four men are on bail while Sorovakatini is a serving prisoner. On the first count of rape, Baleimakogai, Leiloma and Sorovakatini are alleged to have had carnal knowledge of the complainant without consent on October 9, 2016 in Waimaro, Tailevu.

On the second count, Leiloma allegedly performed a sexual act on her without her consent.

For the third count, Baleimakogai allegedly performed a sexual act on her without her consent.

On the fourth count, Baleimakogai, Leiloma and Lal allegedly had carnal knowledge of the complainant without her consent.

On the fifth count, Lal allegedly punched the complainant’s mouth with the intention to commit rape.

Baleimakogai is represented by Legal Aid Commission lawyer Lice Manulevu,

Leiloma is represented by Lavinia David, Sorovakatini is represented by Litiana Ratidara and Lal is represented by private lawyer Jitendra Reddy.

The State was represented by Taitusi Tuenuku.

Edited by Percy Kean

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