Jailed 12 Years For Raping Girl
A High Court judge in Lautoka said children were the most vulnerable members of any society.
Justice Aruna Aluthge said this when sentencing a 45-year-old man who had raped his 12-year-old neighbour.
Justice Aluthge said: “It is the paramount duty of any right thinking member of our society as well as the State to protect children from such immoral, abominable and disgraceful behaviour of persons such as you and other persons inclined to commit sexual offences with children.
“Rape of children in Fiji is a very serious offence indeed and it seems to be very prevalent in Fiji.
“The legislation had dictated harsh penalties and the Courts are imposing those penalties in order to reflect society’s abhorrence for such crimes.
“Our nation’s children must be protected and they must be allowed to develop to sexual maturity unmolested,” Justice Aluthge said.
At the time of the offence the girl was a Year Five student.
She was home folding clothes when the accused entered her house and dragged her to his house where he committed the act.
The accused engaged in this incident when the victim’s younger sisters were watching while her mother was away.
For aggravating factors Justice Aluthge said that the accused had breached the trust as a neighbour and had exploited the girl’s vulnerability when he encroached on her privacy.
He had also threatened the girl and had instilled fear in her to cover up his offence.
The accused has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of nine years.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce