Nigel Kipma of Wosera, East Sepik Province, is facing allegations he abducted and continuously raped a woman, who was 16 years old at the time, between Dec 10 and Dec 15, 2010. This happened at the Institute of Public Administration residential area. He was 20 years old at that time.
He is standing trial for one count of abduction and eight counts of aggravate rape.
“Not guilty” was his response before Justice Panuel Mogish today (Wednesday) as the allegations were read to him in court. The matter will now proceed to trial during the week where witnesses will be called in.
The state, in reading the allegations against Kipma, said he and the complainant were in a relationship back in August 2010. However, no consent was given by the victim during the time of the alleged offense in December.
State alleges he abducted the complainant after threatening her with a knife and took her to a house at the compound, where he raped her while she was on her period. He later took her to his parents’ house, confined her in his room and continued raping her over the next five days.
On his arrest on Jan 7, 2011, Kipma chose to remain silent and declined to answer any question by police during the record of interview at the police station.