16 Sep 2019

Rape trial of former Fiji 7s player delayed

2:36 pm on 16 September 2019

The rape trial of former Fijian rugby sevens player Amenoni Nasilasila has been stood down by a Lautoka High Court judge.

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The Fiji Times reported Justice Daniel Goundar stood the matter down as the first witness could not control her emotions when taking the stand.

The 24-year-old complainant was the first to be called to the stand by State lawyer Mezabeen Khan.

Justice Goundar has ordered the complainant to take some time off before the matter is called again.

Nasilasila is alleged to have raped the woman in Sigatoka in December 2018.

The woman had to return from the United States to assist with the trial, which is taking place in Lautoka at the request of the defence.