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Judge : Sexual Assault Of Child By Relative Outrageous

Judge : Sexual Assault Of Child By Relative Outrageous
August 31
16:56 2017

A judge says sexual assault of a child within her own family environment by a relative is one of the outrageous forms of sexual crimes.

Suva High Court judge Justice Thusara Rajasinghe made the remarks when he sentenced a 42-year-old man to 12 years and 10 months imprisonment yesterday for raping his 11-year-old niece.

“The family environment is supposed to be the most protective and appropriate environment for a child to grow up in with confidence and safety,” he said.

He also issued a permanent Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) against the accused.

“In view of the seriousness of this offence, it is my opinion that such offenders must be dealt with severe and harsh punishment,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

“The court must demonstrate in sentencing that the offenders of this nature are socially abhorrent.”

The accused was found guilty earlier of committing the offence on July 10 last year. The accused entered the bathroom while his niece was washing her uniform in the evening. He pulled her shorts down and raped her.

Justice Rajasinghe said that the victim was the daughter of the accused’s sister-in-law.

“You have committed this disgraceful sexual exploitation on the victim when she was not in a position to find a way to escape. You found that she was alone in the bathroom, when you came to the bathroom to answer nature’s call,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

In her evidence, the victim said that she wanted to exit the bathroom but the accused was blocking the door.

“It appears that you found an opportunity where the victim was vulnerable without any prospects of escaping, in order to gratify your heinous and lustful sexual desires,” he said.

“Being the uncle of the victim it was your duty and responsibility to provide the victim necessary protection and care with love and affection. By committing this crime you have ignored to fulfil such duties and responsibilities.”

The accused is married and has four children.

He will serve 11 years and 10 months of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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