19th October 05:39 AM
Elderly couple stand trial in relation to the alleged rape of a 14yr‑old girl
By Jessica Savike
Tuesday 15/05/2018

A 60‑year‑old man and his 60‑year‑old wife are standing trial before High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo in relation to the alleged rape of a 14‑year‑old girl.

The 60‑year‑old man is charged with two counts of rape, one count of indecently annoying any person and one count of sexual assault.

The 60‑year‑old woman is charged with aiding and abetting the offence of rape.

The second prosecution witness Dr Elvira Ongbit informed the court that the victim told her that a couple in her neighbourhood had sexually assaulted her sometime in August 2016.

She further said the victim told her that the first incident occurred when the 60 year old woman asked her to go to her house and clean the house for bus fare.

Dr Ongbit said that the victim told her that when she had gone inside the house she saw that the husband and wife were allegedly naked in front of her and that is when the man had allegedly raped her.

Dr Ongbit said that the victim also told her that after the man allegedly raped her, he then allegedly had sexual intercourse with his wife.

Dr Ongbit said that the girl told her that this happened twice in August 2016.

Defence lawyer for the woman Simione Valenitabua had asked the doctor during cross examination if the victim was sexually active.

Dr Ongbit said that the victim was sexually active and she had also admitted to her during the medical examination that she had a history of sexual intercourse.

Valenitabua then asked Dr Ongbit if it was possible that the injuries on the girl had occurred two weeks before the medical examination took place.

Dr Ongbit responded by saying yes.

Meanwhile Justice Temo has ruled that there is a case to answer and the man is currently giving evidence.

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