Uncle pleads not guilty to rape of nephew
January 22, 2019 4:45 pm
A 29-year-old man who is alleged to have raped his nephew pleaded not guilty to his charges in the Suva High court today.
The man is charged with three counts of rape and one count each of assault with intent to commit rape and unnatural offense.
It is alleged the attacks started when the victim was only three-years-old and happened on several occasions between 2007 and 2014.
State lawyer, Mehzabeen Khan opened the case reminding the assessors and Judge about the fond childhood memories, stating this was not the case for the victim.
Khan says his uncle betrayed his trust in their own house, where the victim was raised.
State also highlighted that by law a person under the age of 13 years cannot give consent for intercourse, which is what the prosecution will try and prove.
The lawyer also addressed the fact that the uncle took advantage of the victim and rape him a number of times over several years.
Khan adds the victim has concentration difficulties and is slow when it comes to learning.
The victim who is now 14-years-old and is a student with a Special School, took the stand today in a closed court sitting.
To accommodate to the needs of the victim, the court standard procedures such as the sitting arrangements and dressing were pardoned.
Prosecution will be producing another two witnesses.
The trial will continue in the Suva High court tomorrow.