One of Four Accused of Raping Woman with Disability Fails to Appear in Court



One of the four suspects charged with rape, sexual violation and sodomy acts on a woman with down syndrome did not appear in the Supreme Court during criminal mentions on Monday morning.

Two men, Mose Loli and Arona Falaniko, are jointly charged alongside two women, Araisa Faimai and Kalameli Neueli for an incident that allegedly occurred on the 20th of December 2019 in a village of the Faleata District.

It is alleged that all four accused raped and performed sodomy acts on the victim, a young woman in her 20s with down syndrome.

Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma issued a warrant of arrest for one of the defendants, Aiaraisa Faimai, who has failed to appear for two consecutive weeks.

All four suspects have entered not guilty pleas. Mose Loli is represented by Leiataualesa Jerry Brunt while Arona Falaniko is represented by Helena Wallwork.

Diana Roma appeared for Araisa Faimai, and Leinafo Taimalelagi appeared for Kalameli Neueli.

Justice Fepuleai Roma ordered this as a final adjournment to this long outstanding matter from 2019.


Marieta H Ilalio