Uncle escapes rape charge

Regional Magistrate Chris Gabanagae yesterday ruled out a rape charge against a 54-year old accused of raping his then five-year old niece on 17 October 2008.

Gabanagae said the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had indeed raped the child.

"The court had to consider elements aligned with rape, such as consent as well as forced penetration. The state could not prove there was penetration. Therefore this court rules out the element of penetration, leaving the conclusion that the accused may have attempted to penetrate the young girl's private parts but failed.

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