Rape case discontinued because victim could not give evidence

A case involving a 61-year-old man charged with the rape of a 23-year-old mentally and physically disabled woman has been discontinued because the victim could not give evidence.

This was highlighted in a statement by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) on the incidents of serious sexual offences filed in the High Court of Fiji by the Director of Public Prosecutions last month.

According to the ODPP, 12 people were charged with a total of 17 counts of separate incidents in May.

These included 16 rape and indecent assault incidents.

Of the 12 people charged, two were juveniles.

The two separate incidents involve a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl from their respective schools.

The statistics revealed that there were 11 victims of whom seven were under the age of 18 years and there were six incidents where the victims and the accused were related to one another.

In a separate case, a 62-year-old man was charged with the rape of his two-year-old daughter while a 28-year-old man was charged with the rape of his two-year-old cousin.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old man was charged with the rape of his 18-year-old cousin while a 21-year-old man was charged with the rape of his 13-year-old stepsister.

And in yet another case, two men were charged with the rape of a 21-year-old woman, however, this matter was discontinued after the victim admitted to making a false complaint.

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