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Woman Gives Evidence In Alleged Hotel Rape

A 24-year-old woman yesterday described how she was allegedly threatened and raped in 2019. She took the stand at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday and recalled the alleged incident. The accused, Praneel Prakash Sen, who was an Immigration Officer at the time of the offence, pleads not guilty to one count of rape.
05 Apr 2022 19:00
Woman Gives Evidence In Alleged Hotel Rape
Praneel Prakash Sen speaks with his lawyer Jitendra Reddy outside the High Court in Lautoka on April 4, 2022. Photo. Salote Qalubau.

A 24-year-old woman yesterday described how she was allegedly threatened and raped in 2019.

She took the stand at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday and recalled the alleged incident.

The accused, Praneel Prakash Sen, who was an Immigration Officer at the time of the offence, pleads not guilty to one count of rape.

 

Justice Riyaz Hamza presided over the trial.

The state was represented by Simione Seruvatu while Sen was represented by Jiten Reddy of Jiten Reddy Lawyers.

Mr Seruvatu told the court that on March 17, 2019 at around 1pm the complainant went to the Immigration Safe House to deliver food for two people who were there.

While at the Safe House, Sen arrived and allegedly threatened the victim that she could be charged for being at the safe house.

 

Cross Examination of Victim
The complainant told the court that she was travelling from Navosa Highlands to attend the case.

She lives with her parents and seven-year-old daughter at the Highlands.

She was a former employee of a restaurant in Namaka Nadi.

 

Her employer had two sons.

On March 15, two weeks after their arrival from Turkey, they were taken to the Immigration Safe House by Fiji Immigration officers.

On March 17, her employer then instructed her to deliver their food.

 

She told the court that she went to the Airport Border Police to ask for the location of the safe house.

They wrote the location on a piece of paper and she took an Airport Taxi to the Safe House located at Votualevu at around 1 pm on that day.

She said at the safe house, Sen allegedly arrived in a grey taxi and spoke rudely to her saying that she was violating some rules and was
trespassing.

 

She alleged that he did not explain what rules she had broken but told her that he would take her to the Immigration office where they would deal with her.

After arriving at the hotel, it is alleged that he got out of the taxi and she told the driver to take her back to her work place.

On their way back, she alleged that Sen made a phone call to the driver and he (driver) took her back to the hotel.

 

Upon arrival, she allegedly met him and he spoke to her in a friendly tone saying he wanted to clear some things up.

Sen allegedly took her in to a room at the hotel and instructed her to undress after which he threatened her before committing the offence.

Trial continued today.

 

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