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Grandfather, 55, Jailed For Rape

Grandfather, 55, Jailed For Rape
April 14
10:56 2016

The High Court in Suva on Tuesday sentenced a 55-year-old man to a total of 14 years and nine months in jail for raping and sexually assaulting a mother of three in 2014.

Sekonaia Nakula appeared before Justice Priyantha Fernando at the High Court in Suva on Tuesday.

Justice Fernando sentenced Nakula to nine years nine months for the count of rape and five years for the count of sexual assault.

Nakula would only serve the nine years and nine months term as Judge Fernando had ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.

During the sentencing, the court heard that the incident took place on May 15, 2014 while the victim and her family were living in the house of the accused.

At about 1am on May 15, the accused sexually assaulted the victim while she was breastfeeding her baby before dragging her into his room and raped her.

While considering Nakula’s mitigating factors, the court heard the accused was 55 years old, has a six-year-old child and the sole breadwinner in the family.

In Nakula’s mitigating submission, Justice Fernando said it was stated that Nakula had three children and grandchildren. The court also learned that he was not a first offender.

Judge Fernando said Nakula would be eligible for parole after serving eight years of his jail term.


Uncle gets 12 years for rape

A 51-year-old man of Lami who was convicted of rape has been sentenced to 12 years in jail with a non-parole period of 10 years following a re-trial in the High Court in Suva.

The accused, who is the older brother of the victim’s father, appeared again before Justice Vinsent Perera on Monday.

The accused had already served a jail term of four years, seven months and 24 days after the first trial on February 8, 2011.

Following a retrial ordered by the Fiji Court of Appeal during its judgment delivered on October 2 last year, the accused was then remanded for another 16 months and 10 days.

Justice Perera said these six years and four days already served by the accused as an inmate and while in remand should be regarded as a period of imprisonment already served by the accused with respect to the sentence he’s been imposed with.

Therefore, Justice Perera said the accused would now only have to serve a head sentence of five years, 11 months and 26 days.

He would then be eligible for parole after serving three years, 11 months and 26 days.

While delivering the sentence, the court heard that the victim, who was three-years-old at the time of the incident was playing on the porch of the accused’s house when he called the victim inside and raped her.

Justice Perera told the accused that he had breached the trust the victim had on him and the incident also traumatised and continued to impact the victim.

He considered the mitigating factors that the accused was married with three children, his eldest child died in 2012 and he was of previous good character.


Edited by Naisa Koroi


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