Mum ex­plains late re­port of al­leged rape

Fiji Sun - - Nation - FONUA TALEI Edited by Percy Kean Feed­back: fonua.talei@fi­jisun.com.fj

The mother of a rape com­plainant told the High Court in Suva yes­ter­day that they did not re­port the al­leged in­ci­dent to Po­lice the next day be­cause they were still in shock.

The wit­ness gave ev­i­dence be­fore Jus­tice Vin­sent Per­era.

She said the ac­cused, who is her un­cle in law and the child’s grand­fa­ther, was very fond of her chil­dren and was al­ways nice to them.

The ac­cused is charged with three counts of rape, one count of sex­ual as­sault and one count of in­de­cently an­noy­ing a per­son. While giv­ing ev­i­dence, the com­plainant’s mother said that on the night of the al­leged in­ci­dent on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2017 they were at a gath­er­ing in Navua when she no­ticed her daugh­ter be­hav­ing in a strange man­ner.

She tes­ti­fied that her daugh­ter was sit­ting on the sofa alone and not play­ing with the other chil­dren.

At around mid­night they left the venue and drove back home. She asked her daugh­ter if she was alright and if any­thing had hap­pened at the home of the ac­cused.

The wit­ness said when her daugh­ter re­layed to her that her grand­fa­ther had al­legedly raped her in­side the sit­ting room she was in shock and could not be­lieve it. She agreed with the de­fence that if some­thing had hap­pened to her daugh­ter she would have re­layed the story to her while they were still at the ac­cused’s house. How­ever, she added that if chil­dren were threat­ened they would be too scared to speak about their ex­pe­ri­ence.

The woman said she ini­tially had doubts in her mind be­cause she did not ex­pect that the ac­cused would do such things to a child.

She said straight af­ter her daugh­ter told her about the al­leged in­ci­dent she texted a friend who was a Po­lice of­fi­cer and asked for ad­vice.

She was told to re­port the mat­ter to the To­togo Po­lice Sta­tion.

The trial con­tin­ues be­fore Jus­tice Per­era to­day.

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