The rape trial of a 87-year-old man is currently before High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

The man is charged with two counts of rape and a count of sexual assault.

The victim and her brother gave evidence in a closed court session and prsecution produced their witness today.

An 87-year-old man is undergoing trial in the Suva High Court after he pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

It is alleged that he raped and sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl who was a tenant at his house between the 19th of April 2016 and the 31st of May 2016 in Nasinu.

The third prosecution witness took the witness stand today.

The 37 year old woman told the court that on the 26th of May, 2016, the victim visited her home with her mother.

The witness told the court that the complainant was suffering from a stomachache so she asked the girl’s mother if she could see her stomach.

She told the court the girl was scared but only agreed if her mother left the room.

The witness told the court that she saw scratch marks on her hand and stomach and notice her stomach was very hard.

The witness said the girl told her that the man kissed her two times and also raped her.

The witness said she told the mother and the next day she accompanied the two to the Women’s Crises Centre.

She told the court that the matter was reported to the Totogo Police Station and an officer joined them at the CWM hospital and that the girl was admitted at the hospital.

Defence lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi asked the witness if she conducted midwife work.

The witness said she would massage people with medical problems.

Vaniqi suggested that the doctor did not see the scratches the day after she claimed she saw the scratch marks- the witness said she does not know but saw it when the girl was at her home.

Vaniqi suggested that the allegation was a plot to get back at her client for the eviction notice and theft- she said she did not know anything the theft.

Vaniqi asked if she knew that the girl’s family was evicted on the 26th of May 2016. She said no.

It was suggested that she was seen talking to the girl’s mother on the day of the eviction- she said no.

Vaniqi asked why the girl’s mother didn’t sign the medical report but her she said the girl asked her to be with her during the medical examination.

The witness was shown the victim’s brother’s statement and asked if she had signed on it she said no.

Vaniqi asked if there was another aunt with the same name as hers who signed on the brother’s statement- she said she signed her own statement at the police station.

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