THE investigating officer in the case of a prominent businessman who is charged for sexually and indecently assaulting his then girlfriend's daughter yesterday told the court she was given instructions by her senior officer to arrest, interview and charge the man with rape.
The police officer and crime writer in the case, Sanjani Devi, of the Samabula Police Station said it was the first rape case she had dealt with although she had handled some indecent and sexual assault cases before.
Ms Devi said in her evidence that she did not know that the three statements of witnesses was not in the case docket, until six months later when she received a memo from the DPP requesting the statements of the three witnesses.
The matter was called before High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo.
The court heard that the interview with the complainant took more than two hours because the complainant was crying and was in distress.
In cross-examination, the accused person's lawyer Devanesh Sharma, asked Ms Devi on what steps she took to locate the missing statements.
Ms Devi replied: "I gave the memo straightaway to Mr Ralulu because I knew that the docket did not carry the statements.
"I had previously noted that the missing statements were not there."
The court heard that the 16-year-old complainant and her mother had not wanted to report the matter to police.
It was only when her mother took her to St. Giles Hospital for counselling that the doctor at the psychiatric hospital reported the matter.
The trial continues this morning.