Supreme Court finds man guilty in rape case; judge praises victim’s mother for her testimony

    Kuo fakahalaia’i ‘e he Fakamaau’anga Lahi’ ‘a Filipo ‘Amanaki Lelei Tu’ifua ‘i hono tohotoho’i ‘o ha fefine ne konā pea matemohe. Na’e pehē ‘e he fakamaau ne tui ia ‘ikai ha toe veiveiua ne fakahoko ‘e Tu’ifua ‘a e keisi ko ‘eni pea na’a’ ne fu’u falala foki ki he fakamo’oni ‘a e fa’ē ‘a e mamahi’.

    The Supreme Court has found Filipo ‘Amanaki Lelei Tu’ifua guilty of raping a woman after she had passed out.

    Summarising the case, Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said it had been proven beyond reasonable doubt that Tu’ifua “had sexual intercourse with the woman knowing that she was in a state of insensibility.”

    The sexual assault occurred following a drinking session which began on November 11 last year.

    The victim had been with a group of people she knew and after a night of consuming alcohol she was taken to a hut by the accused.

    Eventually she passed out.

    When she did not return home her mother went looking for her. She found the hut and saw the accused having sex with her daughter.

    The mother called out to the accused who eventually came out of the room. She tried to revive her daughter, but she remained unconscious and did not wake up until the Monday night.

    The next day she and her daughter went to the police and lodged a complaint of rape.

    “There is no doubt that at all times the victim was rendered insensible by reason of intoxication and that the accused must have been aware of  this,” the judge said.

    “I am therefore satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was engaged in sexual activity with the victim while she was insensible.”

    He said he found the victim’s mother to be a credible and truthful witness.

    “Nothing leads me to doubt her evidence that she saw the accused have intercourse with her daughter.”

    The main points

    • The Supreme Court has found Filipo ‘Amanaki Lelei Tu’ifua guilty of raping a woman while she was drunk and asleep.
    • Summarising the case, Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said it had been proven beyond reasonable doubt that Tu’ifuaa “had sexual intercourse with the woman knowing that she was in a state of insensibility.”

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