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Man denies rape charge

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, February 13, 2014

A MAN accused of raping a relative's girlfriend while she slept will know his fate today when the assessors give their opinion.

The defence presented its case yesterday with the accused choosing to give sworn evidence.

He told the court he was with the victim and her boyfriend in a nightclub in Suva on February 16 last year.

He eventually left the nightclub later and upon arriving home, he discovered the victim and her boyfriend sleeping naked.

He told the court that he tried to have sex with the victim but experienced an erectile dysfunction.

The man said he did not lie on the victim but knelt over her.

He told the court that he left the victim and went to sleep after realising he could not have an erection.

During cross examination, the prosecution put the question to him that he had raped the woman but the accused denied this.

Justice Salesi Temo told the accused his version of the case was different from the victim's.

The court has been adjourned to this afternoon when the assessors will give their opinion.

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