5 Nov 2008

Alleged child rape case in Samoa dismissed

1:50 pm on 5 November 2008

Charges of rape against a 14-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl has been dismissed by panel of assessors in the Samoa Supreme Court.

The court heard of two separate incidents in July and August of last year where the plaintiff alleged that she was raped by the accused.

The defendant denied both charges.

The girl testified under cross examination that she was too afraid to tell her parents for fear of being punished.

A younger sister and the mother reportedly learned about the alleged rape and confronted the defendant who denied the allegations.

A panel of two men and two women assessors returned a not guilty verdict.