Land­slide de­fers adopted daugh­ter’s rape case

Fiji Sun - - Comment - FONUA TALEI Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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.

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