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Man acquitted of rape

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, March 22, 2014

JOSEFA Cakau looked up and mumbled a little prayer after being acquitted yesterday by the High Court in Suva.

He was charged with raping a girl he was dating in January 2012.

However, after a trial lasting a little more than three days, Mr Cakau was given a not-guilty opinion by the assessors.

Yesterday, Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam concurred with the assessors and acquitted Mr Cakau.

He said it was clear from the evidence that there was consent for Mr Cakau's action by the complainant.

He said the two had been intimate before, and on this occasion the complainant reciprocated Mr Cakau's advances.

The judge said the complainant only reported the matter to the police after Mr Cakau told her he was not in love with her.

Mr Cakau stepped out of the dock and said God listens to all prayers.

He said the case had been hanging over his head for the past two years and as a result he had not been able to pursue better opportunities in life.

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