10th December 08:17 PM
Devanesh Sharma questions complainant in rape trial
By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 15/08/2019

The defence lawyer of the former proposed candidate of the National Federation Party has indicated in court that his client had no intention of spending the night at the home of the alleged rape victim on the 28th of June last year.

The complainant told the Suva High Court today that the accused called her at about 10 at night on the 28th of June last year.

She revealed this after defence lawyer Devanesh Sharma asked her if the accused had called her to ask if the gate is open to her flat so he could come over from a wedding and have a discussion with her and her children about a property.

Sharma put to the complainant that the accused wanted to have that discussion and return to Nadi on the same night.

The complainant says that this is not true as the accused had called her and had asked if he could stay the night and travel in the morning as he was not feeling well.

Sharma then put to the woman that when the man was changing his clothes she tried to seduce him to which the woman said it was not true.

Sharma also put to her that she told the accused that if he did a favour for her, she would do a favour for him which the woman denied.

The woman told the court that she did not behave in that manner when it was put to her that the accused told her that it was not the proper way to behave.

It is alleged the man raped his sister‑in‑law in Nasinu on the 28th of June last year.

It is alleged the man approached the woman and asked if he could spend the night at her house as he was too tired after a wedding and could not go back home.

The trial continues before Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe.

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