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No medical report presented to proof rape: Defense

July 27, 2017 1:31 am

The Prosecution and the Defense lawyers presented their closing submissions in the rape trial of two former correction officers this morning.

Ratu Meli Vatureba and Nasoni Raburau are each facing one count of rape.

They both allegedly raped a twenty-six-year-old female Corrections officer on 17th September 2015 at the Suva Remand Centre premises.

Defense Lawyer Barbara Malimali told the assessors that his client Vatureba has been honest to court and has admitted having sex with the female officer, however, it was consensual.

Malimali said the Prosecution has failed to produce a medical examination report stating that the alleged victim was raped.

Nasoni’s counsel Namrata Mishra says her client’s act of kindness has been twisted and presented to court.

She said Nasoni only went to check whether the female officer was present at the alleged scene and helped her to put on her pants.

Prosecution is adamant that no consent was given to the accused person’s to have sex with the alleged victim.

Lawyer Juleen Fatiaki says both of them took advantage of the woman as she was drunk.

Judge Justice Vincent Perera will sum up the case at 2:30pm following which the assessors will retire from the trial after giving their opinion.