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Accused denies charge

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

THE trial of a teacher charged with the rape of a fifth form student continued yesterday at the High Court in Suva.

Praneet Reddy has denied the charge of rape and the alternative charge of defilement of a girl between the ages of 13 and 16.

State prosecution today presented their last witness.

Investigating officer Corporal Asenaca Qica read the caution interview given by Mr Reddy in court yesterday.

The court heard that in his caution interview, Mr Reddy did not admit the offence.

Mr Reddy also admitted that it was against the rules for the students to visit the teachers at staff quarters.

In the caution interview, Mr Reddy told the police that the girls left after five minutes.

He said he did not see the girls enter the quarters.

He told the police that he never forced the alleged victim into his room and denied the allegations by the complainant which led to rape.

During cross examination, Cpl Qica admitted that the victim looked above 18 years old and that she had not sighted her birth certificate.

The defence counsel told the court they would decide whether to have the accused take the stand or not.

The case continues.








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