27 Mar 2009

Court in Samoa issues warrant to arrest alleged rape complainant and mother

4:39 pm on 27 March 2009

A Supreme Court judge in Samoa has accepted a prosecution application to issue a warrant for the arrest of an allege rape complainant and her mother for not turning up to give evidence in a trial of a man accused of raping and indecently assaulting the 16 year old complainant.

The accused has walked free from one count of rape and one of indecent assault after the court dismissed the charges because the two key witnesses failed to turn up to give evidence.

The presiding judge, Vui Clarence Nelson, has expressed grave concerns over the waste of time and public monies on the case hoping it would not happen again in another similar case.

The court has heard the complainant is related to the accused which is one of the reasons why she did not turn up to the trial.