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Man cleared of rape

Shalveen Chand
Friday, March 14, 2014

A HEADMAN of a landowning unit in Naitasiri was yesterday cleared of rape after the court accepted there was no case to answer in relation to a charge of rape.

After the prosecution finished its case, the defence filed an application for no case to answer for the rape charge.

On the first count, the accused was charged with one count of indecently annoying a person.

On another count, he was alleged to have raped the complainant.

The incident was alleged to have taken place in Naitasiri on February 18, 2012, while the victim's parents were in the plantation and the accused was at home with her.

Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam, in his ruling, said in her evidence the victim did not indicate a rape had taken place and neither did a medical report.

The judge ruled that considering the evidence presented in the trial, there was a no case to answer in relation to the rape charge.

The first count still stands and the accused chose to maintain his not-guilty plea.

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