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10 Years, Six Months Jail For Rape Of Boy, 10

10 Years, Six Months Jail For Rape Of Boy, 10
July 05
10:00 2018

‘The accused caused physical and psychological harm on the complainant and there was a breach of trust in the offending.’

 

A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years and six months imprisonment yesterday for three counts of rape.

He was ordered to serve eight years and six months of his prison term before he could be eligible for parole.

On March 15, 2018 the accused pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape and then after several adjournments on June 27, 2018 he changed his plea to guilty and was convicted accordingly. He raped a 10-year-old boy on December 9, 2017 in Wainibuka, Tailevu.

While delivering his sentence yesterday, High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said the accused committed the offence on the child when his parents were away and he was alone at home.

Justice Rajasinghe said rape was a serious offence and sentencing was based on the principle of deterrence.

He said the level of harm and culpability in the case was substantially high and the accused used threats on the boy, and there was no prospect of him escaping.

Justice Rajasinghe said the accused caused physical and psychological harm on the complainant and there was a breach of trust in the offending.

The age difference between them was nine years, which was high, and the accused was told that he invaded the boy’s childhood and denied him normal and natural growth.

The accused is a first offender.

He has been given 30 days to appeal to the Fiji Court of Appeal.

Legal Aid Commission lawyer Namrata Mishra appeared for the accused while State lawyer Kimberly Semisi appeared for the Prosecution.

Edited by Percy Kean

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