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Assessors Find Granddad Guilty Of Rape

Assessors Find Granddad Guilty Of Rape
July 03
14:32 2018

A 70-year-old Gau man was found guilty by three assessors yesterday for indecently assaulting and raping his teenage granddaughter.

The accused faced one count of indecent assault and three counts of rape.

He is on bail pending judgment by High Court Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza tomorrow afternoon.

On the first count of indecent assault the accused is alleged to have indecently assaulted his 14-year-old granddaughter between August 1 to 31, 2013.

On the second count of rape, between the same period he allegedly performed a sexual act.

For the third count of rape, between December 1 and 31, 2013 he allegedly performed oral sex with the victim.

For the fourth count of rape during the same time period he allegedly had sex with the granddaughter.

While summing up the case to the three assessors Justice Hamza said the girl was 14 years old in August 2013 and 15 years old in December 2013.

She was 19 years old when she gave evidence on June 26, 2018.

The victim and her younger sister went to stay with their grandparents in 2010 after her father died and her mother remarried.

In 2013, the victim was in Year Nine and was staying in a hostel.

During the second term school holiday while staying with her grandparents her grandfather allegedly approached her from behind inside the bedroom, put his hands around her and fondled her.

The victim said that she was scared and embarrassed.

She then testified that he used his finger to perform a sexual act on her.

Twice she told him to stop and when she got the opportunity to escape she ran out of the house and to their pastor’s house where she spent the night.

At the end of the third school term the victim returned to stay at her grandparents’ house when another alleged incident happened.

The girl said on the night of the alleged incident her grandfather was lying on the bed while her grandmother and her sister laid on the mattress in the living room.

While she was sleeping in the bedroom she felt someone touching her and when she woke up she saw her grandfather naked on top of her.

She said he parted her legs, removed her undergarment and performed oral sex on her.

And then he allegedly had sexual intercourse for about three minutes. He stopped what he was doing when her grandmother woke up. This was when he put on his clothes and went back to his bed.

The complainant then picked up her pillow and went to sleep beside her grandmother and sister.

The alleged incidents came to light in December 2015 when the accused confessed raping his granddaughter to a lay pastor.

The accused is represented by Legal Aid lawyer Lisiate Qetaki while State lawyer Unaisi Tamanikaiyaroi appeared for the prosecution.

Edited by Percy Kean



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