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Woman jailed for raping woman

In an unusual case, a woman has been sentenced to eight years in jail for raping another woman in a flat they shared in Nadi, Fiji.

The High Court in Lautoka convicted 44-year-old Amele Waleba on May 2 and sentenced her this week.

Waleba and the complainant were flatmates in a one bedroom house in Nadi. The room was shared between Waleba, the complainant and another woman.

The rape took place in February 2018, when Waleba invited the complainant to accompany her to a bar where they drank alcohol until late.

The two women and their friends then went to another night spot to continue their drinking spree.

Upon reaching home, Waleba moved into the complainant’s bed which was in the same room and raped her.

The Nadi Women’s Crisis Centre which helps women who are victims of violence. Picture – FWCC Twitter

The complainant while giving evidence told the court that she had homosexual friends and would consent to a lesbian relationship but in this matter her pleas for Waleba to stop were not heard.

Court documents showed that the 44-year-old ignored the victim’s pleas to stop, telling her “not to make any noise to wake” their flatmate.

The court said Waleba had continued to rape the complainant for three to four minutes until the other flatmate woke up.

The matter was then reported to the police.

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Justice Sunil Sharma noted the victim’s impact statement in which it was stated that the incident affected her mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. He said she made her feel worthless, disgusted, and ashamed.

A women’s group in Fiji who were part of an anti-violence workshop. Picture – FWCC Twitter

Justice Sharma told the woman that her actions towards the victim were self-centered.

“She had trusted you and at your request did not hesitate for you to sleep with her. I am sure it was difficult for her to forget what you had done to her. The court will be failing in its duty if a long-term deterrent custodial sentence was not imposed,” Justice Sharma said.

The woman will not be eligible for parole until she has served seven years.

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