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Man acquitted of rape charge

February 27, 2018 12:22 am

A man charged with one count of rape has been acquitted by the Suva High court.

Judge Justice Vincent Perera while delivering his judgment said that there were
inconsistencies in the complainant’s evidence.

The assessors returned with unanimous opinion that the man is not guilty of one count of rape and for the alternative count of defilement as well.

The alleged incident occurred on 13th January last year in Nasinu.

The Judge also said that the evidence does not establish the offence of rape and defilement.

The victim was 15 years and 11 months old at the time of the alleged incident and said that the accused had a reasonable cause to believe that she was of or above the age of 16 years.

The court heard that on the day of the alleged incident he had gone to the victim’s house to drink grog.

They later had liquor and he started having conversation with the complainant.

He said that complainant had shown interest in him and denies that he raped her.

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Man acquitted of rape charge

October 23, 2017 12:57 am

A thirty-eight-year-old man who was alleged to have raped his twelve-year-old niece in Nabua, Suva is now free man.

Three High Court assessors had found the man guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

However, Judge Justice Vincent Perera found the man not guilty.

According to Justice Perera there were inconsistencies in the complainant’s evidence.

He also said the prosecution failed to prove their case and acquitted the man.

He also told the man to live a good life from now.

The incident happened in April last year.

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Man acquitted of rape charge

October 21, 2016 5:29 am

A man charged with two counts of rape, one count of common assault and one count of criminal trespass 6 years ago has been acquitted by the Lautoka High Court.

He was alleged to have unlawfully assaulted and raped his neighbour in the Western Division on 7th of July 2010 while her husband was away at work and her children were sleeping.

High Court Judge Justice, Thushara Rajasinghe said that considering the lateness of making the complaint to the husband and then to the police, there is a reasonable doubt on the credibility and reliability of the evidence given by the victim.

Justice Rajasinghe also said that the prosecution has failed to prove that the accused is guilty of the four offences and found him not guilty of the charge.