Man accused of rape acquitted

A 46-year-old man of Tavua was acquitted by the High Court in Lautoka on January 24 after he was found not guilty by the assessors.

The verdict followed a three-day trial.

Appearing before Justice Sudharshana De Silva, Praveen Kamal, a panel beater, who was charged with one count of rape, one count of wrongful confinement and one count of abduction with intent to confine a person, walked a free man after the Judge concurred with the assessors’ not guilty verdict.
Kamal was also charged with one count of abduction of a person under 18 years of age with intent to have carnal knowledge. However he was found not guilty.

Justice De Silva said that the three assessors unanimously found the accused not guilty of all three counts.

“I find the accused not guilty as charged on the four counts and acquit him accordingly of these counts,” Justice De Silva said.

The alleged incident took place on May 5, 2010 in Tavua where Kamal was accused of abducting a 16-year-old student.

Courtesy: Fiji Sun

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