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Rapist Dad Cops 12-Year Jail Term

Rapist Dad Cops 12-Year Jail Term
September 08
11:00 2018

For a father to rape his biological daughter is a breach of trust which causes nothing but humiliation and psychological impacts on the victim.

Justice Daniel Goundar made this comment while sen­tencing a 42-year-old man to 12 years in jail for raping his 14-year-old daughter.

The High Court in Labasa heard that the incident oc­curred while the wife was away attending a fundraising function at their settlement on December 31, 2017.

After shower the victim had gone to bed, the accused en­tered her room and raped her. The victim struggled, but the accused was too strong for her.

He remained in the room and after about 25 minutes, the accused raped the victim for a second time.

Apart from raping the daughter, the accused admitted having a sexual inclination towards her.

Justice Goundar said the accused is married with six children and the victim was his eldest daughter.

“The youngest is three months old. Your wife and chil­dren are dependent on you for their livelihood. You have been supporting your family through farming,” he said.

“You are a first offender and you are seeking clemency from the court. You said you have apologised to your daughter, but there is no confirmation of that apology.

“Your conduct towards your daughter must be denounced in the strongest terms. You were responsible to protect her from abuse and sexual violence.

“Instead you used her as an object of your lust. You raped her at the age of 14, impregnated her and not only de­stroyed her body, but her soul.

“The primary purpose of your sentence is to deter you and others from this kind of deviant sexual behaviour,” he said.

In May 2018, the accused wife suspected that the victim was pregnant. She took her to a health clinic. It was discov­ered that the victim was five months pregnant.

The victim revealed that the father had impregnated her. As a result, she had to be taken out of school.

She is about to give birth.

Justice Goundar said: “The High Court, Family Division will determine the custody issue once the child is born.

“I direct the Department of Social Welfare to attend to the welfare of the victim and the child to be born. Your spouse may also seek assistance from the Department of Social Welfare for support while you are in prison serving the sentence,” he said.

The accused has a non-parole period of 10 years.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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