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Man denies raping de facto wife

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A MAN who allegedly bit his de facto wife's left thigh before forcing himself onto her denied the charges in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The accused is charged with one count of rape. He appeared before judge Justice Salesi Temo.

The complainant, a 33-year-old woman, told the court that she had been in a de facto relationship with the accused for 11 years.

She told the court that on October 8, 2011, the accused came to their home in Nasinu drunk and allegedly raped her.

The complainant, who has three children from the accused, said she was hanging clothes outside their home when the accused grabbed her by her waist and dragged her into their room. She said their children were in the living room when the incident occurred and one of their sons followed them to the room.

She told the court that while they were in the room, the accused assaulted her before pushing her onto the bed.

While she was lying on the bed, she said the accused removed his clothes and forced himself on her for about five minutes.

She said the accused then left the room to see two of their sons who were in the kitchen, before he went back into the room and slept.

State lawyer Leba Koto asked the complainant why she did not scream or call for help when she knew the accused was raping her.

In her reply, the complainant said she was worried that her children would be scared and did not want them to be embarrassed by their neighbours. She told the court that she reported the matter to the police five days after the alleged incident.

In cross-examination, the accused who is not legally represented told the victim that she had given her consent to go to the room with him.

However, the complainant said she did not allow him or agree to have sexual intercourse with him. The accused put to the complainant that she only complained to the police because she was jealous that he was living with another woman. The complainant in her reply said "not at all". The trial continues today.





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