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Man in court for rape

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

THE caution interview of a man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl was read out at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The man appeared before High Court judge Justice Janaka Bandara where his caution interview was read out by Detective Corporal Tuaci Tasoqosoqo.

In his caution interview, the man charged with one count of rape told Det-Cpl Tasoqosoqo that he had sex with the complainant on two occasions.

On the night of August 30, 2011, about 9pm while returning to his village, the accused said he had visited a friend's home to drink kava and it was there that he sent his sister to call the complainant.

The man said the complainant told his sister to ask him to wait for her at the back of a house belonging to a kindergarten teacher.

The man told the police he waited 15 minutes before the complainant showed up, adding they talked for a while before they had sex behind that house.

He also said it was the second time they had intercourse. When questioned by police about the first time they had intercourse, the man replied they had sex behind the village community hall.

He said the complainant consented to having sex on both occasions.

Det-Cpl Tasoqosoqo asked the man if the complainant was related to him, the man replied, "She is my niece."

The man also said he knew at the time that the complainant was 16 years old and was a Form Four student.

The trial continues this morning with the defence presenting its case.