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Duo Found Guilty Of Rape

Two men each charged with one count of rape were found guilty and convicted by the High Court of Lautoka on Monday. The two men appeared before Jus­tice Sunil Sharma
12 Dec 2018 10:46
Duo Found Guilty Of Rape

Two men each charged with one count of rape were found guilty and convicted by the High Court of Lautoka on Monday.

The two men appeared before Jus­tice Sunil Sharma after a week-long trial. On April 3, 2015, in the West­ern Division, the duo had carnal knowledge with the complainant without her consent.

The complainant had told the court that on the day of the incident, she was drinking alcohol with the two men and another man in the early hours of the morning at the back of a dairy shop in a village.

The complainant knew both the accused men and after their drink­ing ended at around 9am, the com­plainant had went to the nearby sugarcane field and blacked out.

When she regained consciousness, both the men were into the process of raping her.

Justice Sharma rejected the de­fence of both the accused persons as unbelievable and unreliable.

“The defence put forward by both the accused persons has not been able to create a reasonable doubt in the prosecution case.

“I am satisfied beyond reason­able doubt that both the accused persons on April 3, 2015, had raped the victim without her consent. I also accept that both the accused persons knew or believed that the victim was not consenting or did not care if she was not consenting at the time.”

He overturned the unanimous opinion of the three assessors of a not guilty opinion and convicted the two accused men accordingly.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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