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Rape trial begins

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

THE trial of a man alleged to have raped a woman started yesterday.

The High Court in Suva heard evidence from the victim, the doctor and police officers.

It is alleged that on February 16 last year the accused and complainant returned from a nightclub around 3am. It is alleged that the victim woke up to find the man having sex with her.

The accused denied the allegation and said it was consensual sex.

The victim told the court she woke up to find her clothes off and the accused having sex with her.

She said she did not consent to sex. She said the accused had covered her mouth with his hands.

Interviewing officer Semi Lewabeci told the court that he had interviewed the accused on February 23.

He said the accused in his caution interview had denied raping the victim.

He said the accused said that the sex was consensual and he did not cover the victim's mouth.

According to the medical report tendered to the court, although there were no physical injuries to the victim sexual assault could not be ruled out.

The trial continues.

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