Uncle on trial for rape

A MAN charged with the rape of his 19-year-old niece informed the High Court in Suva that he had sexual intercourse with his niece after she consented to it.

The accused, who is charged with two counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault, appeared before Justice Vinsent Perera on Tuesday.

The alleged offences occurred between November 2015 and February 26, this year at Kinoya in Nasinu. The court heard the complainant was staying at the accused’s house when the alleged incident happened.

The accused agreed to this fact in court. He also informed the court that he would represent himself for the trial and he would be the only witness for the defence.

The State on the other hand would be calling in three witnesses including the complainant.

He has been further remanded in custody. The matter has been adjourned to October 20.

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