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Man Guilty of Sexual Assault

Man Guilty of  Sexual Assault
April 26
09:48 2016

 A man, who sexually assaulted his partner’s sister, who was 15 years old when the incident took place in 2012, was convicted by the High Court in Lautoka last week. He is now awaiting sentencing.

The man,  23, was initially charged with rape, but this was amended to one count of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault, but the charge was dropped by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The three-member assessors found the man not guilty of the first charge of indecent assault and guilty of the second charge of sexual assault. This was endorsed by trial judge Justice Aruna Aluthge.

The incident happened in Lautoka in 2012 when the victim’s older sister was in a relationship with the man. Justice Aluthge concurred with the jury’s decision adding he believed what the victim had said during the trial to be true.

No date was given for sentencing.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti



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