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Dad cops 16 years for rape, sex assault

Dad cops 16 years  for rape, sex assault
April 21
13:19 2018

A father-of-three was told yesterday that he abused the trust of his eldest daughter by making her his sex slave from the time she turned 12 years old.

The man, who faced charges of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and indecent assault, was told in the High Court in Suva yesterday that the case was of an incestuous father who used his biological daughter to satisfy his lust for sexual gratification.

“Instead of protecting her with love and affection you used her vulnerability in her childhood as a weapon for your lust for sexual gratification,” Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said.

“A father using his own daughter as a surrogate sexual partner is not only against the acceptable social norms and values, but also against acceptable human behaviour.”

He said parents are the primary caregivers for children and incestuous relationships between parents and their children were condemned in many societies.

“Undoubtedly you have destroyed the child’s entire future as she will never recover from the terror, deprivation, humiliation and breach of trust,” he said.

Evidence revealed that the accused started sexually abusing his daughter in 2005 after his wife died.

In 2013 his daughter became pregnant with her boyfriend’s child and after hearing the news the accused forcefully took her beside a pigsty and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

He then forcefully had sex with her while she was two months pregnant and threatened to hit her with a stone if she refused.

In her evidence the girl said she wanted to kill herself because she was unable to bear the trauma caused to her by her father, adding that her father never treated her like a human being.

Justice Rajasinghe told the accused that he had destroyed his daughter’s childhood and adolescence by making her his sex slave.

He said the accused only allowed his daughter to visit her boyfriend after she had sex with him.

On several occasions he would approach her at night while she was sleeping and threaten her with a knife or a hammer and she had no choice but to surrender to his monstrous and heinous acts.

The girl, who is now 24 years old, broke down into tears several times in court while reliving the horrific acts her father used to make her do.

Justice Rajasinghe said the level of harm and degree of culpability in the offences was significantly high.

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

The accused has 25 previous convictions recorded between 1986 and 1993.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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