Man convicted of raping neighbour after breaking into her house

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A 29-year-old man was found guilty on October 10 of raping a female neighbour and breaking into her house in Ma’ufanga last year, a court document said.

Liua Fakatava  went into a house where the victim was sleeping after a night out and carried out the sex attack on her.

Fakatava had earlier denied raping the woman on 22 September 2016,

However Justice Charles Cato found him guilty of rape and serious housebreaking.

“I find, in the early morning of the 22nd September 2016, beyond reasonable doubt that the accused entered the complainant’s home uninvited as a trespasser and had non-consensual sexual intercourse with her,” Justice Cato said.

The court heard the woman had been to a funeral and after the burial she had gone for dinner with family to a bar where she had two bourbons and coke.

She also went to another bar and continued drinking there but she was not too drunk when she returned home and went to sleep at about 4am.

She said she woke up with a person on top of her. She said that it was still dark. There was some light from the kitchen, however.

She knew the person on top of her was the accused and she swore at him.

Fakatava, who worked as a bouncer, was working on the night and he was drinking with some friends after he finished work, the court was told.

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