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Man, 49, Convicted Of Rape, Sex Assault

Man, 49, Convicted Of Rape, Sex Assault
April 26
11:10 2018

A 49-year-old man was found guilty and con­victed of one count of rape and one count of sexu­al assault yesterday in the High Court in Suva.

On February 15, 2016, the accused raped and sexually assaulted his nine years and 11 month old granddaughter at a settlement in Nabua.

While delivering his judg­ment, Justice Riyaz Hamza said the complainant used to call the accused “Kuku”.

On the day of the inci­dent, he entered the house and told the complainant to wash a cane knife.

While she was washing the cane knife he went behind her and held the knife with her to wash it.

The complainant then went to sun a mattress outside.

However, the accused pushed her and she fell on the mattress.

This was when the incident happened.

The complainant tried to scream, but the accused covered her mouth with his hand.

He told her not to tell any­one about what he had done to her.

He then stood up and was zipping his trousers when the complainant’s grand­mother forcefully opened the door and saw what he was doing.

The grandmother testified that she screamed when she saw what the accused was doing and also saw the complainant pulling up her skirt.

The accused was remanded in custody pending sentenc­ing. Sentence submission and mitigation is expected to take place today.

Edited by Epineri Vula

fonua.talei@fijisun.com.fj

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