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Complainant in Nasilasila rape trial stated that she was weak and scared

September 17, 2019 6:20 am

The complainant in the alleged rape case of Amenoni Nasilasila revealed in court that she was weak, scared and could not fight back when the incident happened as the accused was intoxicated.

The 24 year old victim was the first state witness to take the stand during the trial of former Fiji 7s player Nasilasila which is underway in the Lautoka High Court.

She also told the court that she tried escaping to the bathroom to lock the door however Nasilasila quickly followed her, pushed her to the floor and allegedly raped her.

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Defence lawyer Mark Anthony than asked the victim why she did not raise the alarm as neighbours were around.

The victim stated that she was scared and shocked over what had happened and that locking herself in the bathroom would save her.

The case was also stood down for a few minutes as Judge Justice Daniel Goundar proposed the complainant take a break as she could not control her emotions when giving evidence.

She was also asked in her cross examination by Anthony as to why she had apologised to Nasilasila’s mother the day after lodging the official police complaint.

The victim replied that she did so because they had a relationship once.

It was also mentioned in court that the victim and Nasilasila had known each other since 2017 when they met in the US.

The two had also met about six times before the alleged incident happened in Olosara, Sigatoka in December last year, where she was residing after coming to Fiji for to visit her grandmother.

Meanwhile, the complainant’s boyfriend Mitieli Mataibau stated in court that he had told the victim to report the matter as he was angry when he heard about the alleged incident.

Mataibau the second state witness and a Police Officer accompanied his girlfriend to the Sigatoka Police Station to lodge the complaint as it was a serious matter.

He also told the court that he believed his girlfriend was telling the truth as she had started crying while relaying the allegation to him.

The trial continues today.

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