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Man Found Guilty Of Raping Granddaughter

Man Found Guilty Of  Raping Granddaughter
July 07
11:40 2018

A 70-year-old grandfather charged with indecently assaulting and raping his 14-year-old granddaughter in 2013 will be sentenced on July 10.

The accused appeared in the High Court in Suva yesterday for his sentencing hearing.

Justice Riyaz Hamza convicted the accused on Wednesday after concurring with the unanimous guilty opinion of the three assessors. The accused was charged with one count of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault and two counts of rape.

The incidents happened between December 1 and 31, 2013, in the home of the accused on Gau Island during the school holiday break. The complainant and her younger sister went to stay with their grandparents in 2010 after their father died and their mother remarried.

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

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