Girl tells Court about rape by her sister’s boyfriend

The victim of an alleged rape in July last year has told the Court of how her older sister’s boyfriend raped her.

The woman whose identity is suppressed told of the ordeal before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren in the Supreme Court.

The prosecutor is Ofisa Tagaloa while defense lawyer is Lei’ataualesa Komisi Koria.

The defendant is Taseni Tarzan Savea, of Falefa. He is accused of allegedly raping her girlfriend’s younger sister on 17 July 2016.

“I remember on the evening of the 17th July 2016, after all my chores I was sitting in front of our home with my siblings Josephine and my baby sister, my father’s mother and my parents,” she said.

“At around 9.30pm I went to bed and I fell asleep. As I was sleeping I didn’t know what time it was I felt someone hugging me from the back because I was sleeping facing the wall."

“As the person was hugging me tightly from the back I could feel his hands touching me in my private part and at that time I tried to take his hands off but I couldn't take his hands off or fight him off because he was stronger than me and he was holding me tight.”

A struggle between the victim and the man ensued when he tried to take off her pants. He prevailed as he was stronger.

 “As I was struggling I asked him at the same time why he’s doing this and he said he wants a baby."

“I was scared and I struggled because this is the first time something like this had happened to me.”

Describing the ordeal as painful and forced, she said “after he was done he just called me babe and he lay down next to me and fell asleep.”

“When he went to sleep I got out and looked for my clothes and I put them back on and walked outside of the room.”

The victim said when she came out of the room she saw another person in front of her sister’s room.

 “I’m not sure whether he was trying to go inside the room or he had come out of the room then I asked him what he was doing and he just smiled at me and told me that he was looking for Taseni and if I had seen him."

“I told him then that Taseni was sleeping in the other room and then I walked inside the bathroom and I hid there because I was scared.

“When I came out of the bathroom my parents got inside the house and my father asked me what happened and then I cried and showed him where the man was.

“My father grabbed the handle of an axe and walked inside the room where the man was sleeping.

“I heard my father ask him what he was doing there and the man told my father that he came with my sister and then I heard my father beat him with the axe handle.”

Mr. Tagaloa asked the victim if she knew the person who in her room. 

The victim said no.

“When the incident occurred I didn’t know who it was and even the whole time the incident occurred I didn’t know. I only knew of him when my father talked to him,” she told the court.

“I then knew that it was Taseni. I know him because he is my sister’s boy friend and I knew a long time because he came with my sister to our home.

How did he get in your room, asked the prosecution?

“Before I went to sleep I locked my bedroom door but I left the windows open because it was too hot and I think that’s how he manage to get inside,” she said.

Lastly Tagaloa asked the victim if she had agreed to what the defendant did to her, the victim said yes.

“I agreed to it because I was scared he might kill me,” she said.

During cross-examination Leiataua Komisi Koria asked the defendant why she didn’t go to where her parents were sleeping.

Later, the defendant told the Court she shares the bedroom with her sister.

 The hearing continues.

Bg pattern light


Subscribe to Samoa Observer Online

Enjoy access to over a thousand articles per month, on any device as well as feature-length investigative articles.

Ready to signup?