HIGH Court judge Justice Janaka Bandara yesterday summed up a rape case for the three assessors in the trial.
He reminded them that they should only consider evidence that was presented before them by the prosecution and defence.
Justice Bandara told the assessors they needed to disregard any information they might have read or heard from the media or anywhere else apart from inside the courtroom.
He said the burden of proof rested upon the prosecution and it never shifts to the defence.
The case is of a 21-year-old woman who is alleging she was raped by a taxidriver she trusted as a friend.
The complainant told the court she was helping her brother-in-law locate his wife, who is the complainant's cousin, when the alleged offence happened.
She said she had had a few drinks at two nightclubs in Nausori and was a bit tipsy.
And it was while they were parked at Davuilevu feeder road to get her cousin when a taxi pulled up beside the taxi she was in and the driver told her that her brother-in-law had asked him to take her home.
She said she went willingly because she knew the driver, who she identified in court as the accused person.
She said she was woken up by the accused only to find herself inside the taxi parked at a motel in Suva.
The assessors will give their opinion today.