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Rape Cases Prevalent, ‘On The Rise’

Rape Cases Prevalent, ‘On The Rise’
July 13
10:00 2018

A High Court judge says said rape has become prevalent and is on the rise in Fiji.

Justice Aruna Aluthge says offenders must be punished to denounce the act and send a clear message to the community that such actions will not be tolerated by the courts.

Justice Aluthge made the comment while sentencing a 57-year-old father to eight years and 11 months in jail for rape.

Pokiti Naleba was found guilty after the judge concurred with the assessors’ verdict.

The court heard that Naleba went to the victim’s home in Nadi on December 8, 2015, to massage her husband’s leg and promised to buy him some herbal medicine from Rakiraki.

Having taken the medicine, he visited the victim’s house and wanted to talk to her about a dream.

When her husband fell off to sleep under a tree, the accused followed the victim to her room and raped her.

Naleba then threatened to harm her family if she told anyone about what happened.

As per the Victim’s Impact Statement and evidence led in trial the victim said she went through immense humiliation and suffering.

In mitigation the accused submitted that he was employed as a driver and was the sole breadwinner of his family.

Naleba’s lawyer said his client co-operated with Police and promised not to reoffend.

Character references filed by the defence indicated that the accused had served as a firefighter and rendered good service to the community until he retired from the National Fire Authority of Fiji.

Justice Aluthge ordered that Naleba serve six years of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

The judge said potential offenders must be deterred and offenders must be severely punished to ensure the safety and security of all women. Edited by Epineri Vula

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