Crime & Court

Man Who Raped His Wife With A Body Spray Bottle Sentenced To 7 Years Imprisonment

The court heard that according to the victim, her mother-in-law began to speak ill of her to others, and the offender’s mother and brother were complaining that the children were eating a lot thereby straining the family’s finances.
05 Aug 2020 12:57
Man Who Raped His Wife With A Body Spray Bottle Sentenced To 7 Years Imprisonment

A 42-year-old married man raped his wife with a body spray bottle on March 14, 2019, in the Central Division.

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment with a non-parole period of five years by Justice Salesi Temo.

In the High Court in Suva, Justice Temo said marriage means a union of two consenting adults who loved each other, but this was not the case for the offender.

“In your case, you started off loving each other resulting in four young children,” he said.

Justice Temo said the act itself was an ultimate breach of trust.

The couple had resided at the offender’s family house at a village with their children, the offender’s mother and brother.

The court heard that according to the victim, her mother-in-law began to speak ill of her to others, and the offender’s mother and brother were complaining that the children were eating a lot thereby straining the family’s finances.

It appeared that the couple began to quarrel more often culminating in the offender raping the victim with a body spray bottle and repeatedly assaulting her.

Justice Temo said rape as an offence was very serious.

He said rape offence carried a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

“Rape is a serious invasion of a person’s dignity and privacy. It demeans people. It is the ultimate show of disrespect to a person.”

He said the offender showed no regard to the victim’s right as a human being.

Justice Temo also issued a permanent domestic violence restraining order with standard non-molestation conditions for the safety of the victim.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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