A MAN is on trial for allegedly raping and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter, who is a cancer patient.
The man, who is charged with five counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault, appeared before judge Justice Salesi Temo in the High Court in Suva yesterday.
State witness Dr Kelerayani Nabulu of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital's paediatric department told the court the girl was 20 weeks pregnant when she was scanned in February last year.
Dr Nabulu told the court she first contacted the alleged victim on February 20 last year after she was assigned by the hospital.
She told the court they found the 20 weeks foetus in her uterus when they conducted an ultra-sound scan on her abdomen a week later.
However, the court heard the hospital terminated the baby because the victim had to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer treatment.
It heard the patient told her mother that her father allegedly raped and impregnated her.
According to her professional experience, Dr Nabulu told the court those 20 weeks from the day of the scan, the girl could have been impregnated from the second week of October 2011.
The court heard the girl had been treated for cancer of the bone.
It heard the alleged rape took place at their home every few weeks to every month when the girl was 12 years old and was in Class Seven.
Dr Nabulu said they had requested the Director of Public Prosecutions office to have DNA testing done for the terminated foetus.
A trial within a trial will be held today when the next prosecution witness will take the stand to give evidence.