Crime

Tailevu Man Acquitted Of Rape Charges

The accused allegedly had carnal knowledge of the complainant, without her consent.
07 Aug 2019 11:00
Tailevu Man Acquitted Of Rape Charges

The High Court in Suva has acquitted a Tailevu man who was charged with sexual offences.

The accused went through a three-day trial, charged with three counts of rape.

The alleged incidents occurred between January 1, 2016, and January 19, 2018, at Tailevu.

The accused allegedly had carnal knowledge of the complainant, without her consent. She was 18 years old when the first incident allegedly occurred in January, 2016.

The three assessors returned with the unanimous opinion that the accused was not guilty of all the three charges.

While delivering the judgment, Judge Justice Vinsent Perera said he found the complainant’s evidence to be unreliable.

“The evidence in this case does not establish the three charges against the accused beyond reasonable doubt even though the conduct of the accused as revealed in the evidence is deplorable according to moral standards.

“I agree with the unanimous opinion of the assessors and I find the accused not guilty of each count and hereby acquit him accordingly,” Justice Perera said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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