Two men acquitted for alleged rape
February 6, 2019 7:25 am
Two men who were alleged to have raped a 16-year-old girl have been acquitted by the Suva High court.
The prosecution had alleged that three years ago the first accused came into the kitchen, while the complainant was making tea and asked her to have sexual intercourse with him.
The complainant refused, saying she was still a student.
During the trial, the first accused informed the court that he was with his family attending devotion, on the day of the alleged offense.
For the second accused, the prosecution alleges that the accused had called the complainant into his house, and asked her to perform oral sex for him.
The second accused denied the allegation and claims he was not at the village at the time of the alleged incident.
High Court Judge, Justice Rajasinghe says it is the duty of the prosecution, to properly articulate the questions, when the complainant was giving evidence, in order to elicit necessary evidence to prove the main elements of the offense.
The complainant had reported these incidents to the teachers at her school on the 17th of October, 2016.
The Judge noted that there was a gap of more than three months after the first incident and two months after the second incident when the matter was reported.
Justice Rajasinghe than acquitted the two men of the rape charge.