THE mother of a 23-year-old man accused of raping a British volunteer testified in court yesterday.
Kesaia Yalewa gave evidence before High Court judge Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam and told the court that on March 3, 2011, after returning home from work, she noticed her son was not at home.
Ms Yalewa said it was when she asked her husband where their son was that she found out he had been bathing in the river.
The court heard that around 8pm on the day in question, her son returned. She asked him where he'd been, and he replied he had dinner at his aunt's place and was going to watch movies with a friend at a relative's house.
Ms Yalewa said she could not recall what time her son got home that night because she was asleep.
The man is alleged to have raped the British volunteer, a teacher at a primary school on Ovalau, as she was talking on the phone to her mother in England.
The man is charged with three counts of rape.