Uncle accused of raping niece in Samoa

A man who played the role of father to the daughter of his wife’s brother has appeared in the Supreme Court for allegedly raping her.

The allegation is being heard before a panel of four assessors and presided over by Justice Pierre Slicer.

The hearing into the evidence started on Monday morning. The defendant has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and he is represented by Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma.

The names of the defendant and victim cannot be published to protect the identity of the girl.

Prosecutor Rexona Titi in her opening submissions, said the defendant and his wife took the girl in to their home, raised, cared and provided for her up to the time of these offenses.

The alleged offences occurred on three separate occasions - September 2011, October 2011 and in March 2012.

All of the alleged incidents occurred at the home of the defendant in a village in Savai’i.

When the first incident occurred, the victim was at home with the defendant and her younger siblings.

While the girl was in a room in the house, the defendant walked in pushed her onto the bed, took her clothes off and proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her. The victim said she had tried to ward the defendant off by pushing him away; however it did not stop him.

He threatened her that if she ever spoke a word about what had happened to anyone,she would see what he was going to do.

The girl ran away to live with one of the families in the village. He pursued her and brought her back home.


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