High Court acquits man

THE High Court in Lautoka has acquitted a Tavua man of rape.

The man was freed of all charges including one count of assault, one count of sexual assault and one count of criminal trespass for an alleged incident on July 7, 2010, in Tavua.

In his judgement, Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said the delay in making a complaint against the accused, to her husband and to the police, created reasonable doubt about the credibility and reliability of the evidence given by the victim.

He said it was his opinion that the prosecution had failed to prove that the accused was guilty of the offences.

The man’s defence lawyer, Unaisi Baleilevuka, said the trial was fair and they were happy that the judge ruled in their favour.

“The assessors found him guilty on all counts but the judge overturned their decision. This was a very tough case but we are happy that we were able to get through this. Our client had been going through this case over the last six years and we were hoping that things were going to turn out better for him,” she said.

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