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34-Year-Old Man Sentenced For Raping 4-Year-Old Sister

34-Year-Old Man Sentenced For Raping 4-Year-Old Sister
March 03
16:37 2018

34-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years and seven months imprisonment yesterday in the Suva High Court for sexually exploiting his four-year-old sister in Samabula last year.

The accused was represented by a private lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo while State lawyer Lavenia Bogitini appeared for the Prosecution.

He was charged with rape and sexual assault.

In sentencing, Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe highlighted the seriousness of the offence in that the child was raped within the confines of her own house.

Justice Rajasinghe said children of that age were more vulnerable and the court found that the offense was serious.

He said the sentence was imposed to deter would-be offenders adding that the tariff for sexual assault was between two to eight years imprisonment.

He said the sexual assault offence had affected the child’s psychological and social makeup adding that the child was alone at home when the accused used the opportunity to commit the crime.

Justice Rajasinghe considered the seriousness of the offence, the level of harm and the culpability in determining the breach of trust the accused had caused as the child’s older brother.

He also took into account the age difference between them and the fact that the accused was not a first offender.

However, the court noted that the accused had displayed good character.

The accused was ordered to serve a minimum prison term of 11 years and seven months before he is eligible for parole.

A permanent domestic violence restraining order was also imposed with standard non-molestation and no-contact orders.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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