Landslide defers adopted daughter’s rape case
The trial involving a 32-year-old man alleged to have raped his adopted daughter was deferred to today because State witnesses were unable to attend the trial on time. This after a landslide halted traffic along the Queens Highway.
State Prosecutor Lavenia Bogitini said the witnesses including the young child and the Social Welfare Officer were travelling from Pacific Harbour and were stuck because of the landslide at Veisari.
Ms Bogitini told the court that she received confirmation from the Police that the road would be cleared by 2pm. However which would have made it impossible for them to attend the court in time. Ms Bogitini said that given the circumstances she advised the witnesses to remain at home as they could not attend the trial.
Suva High Court Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza informed defence lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma of the same as well as the three trial assessors. Accordingly he adjourned the trial to begin today at 9:45am where the child is expected to continue giving evidence in closed court.
The accused pleaded guilty on Monday and is currently in remand.
He is alleged to have raped his three year-old adoptive daughter on March 16 this year in Navua in the Central Division.
Trial is scheduled to end this week on November 17.