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Man Gets 12 Years for Raping Wife

A 34-year-old farmer has been told that the era that a husband cannot be held liable for raping his own wife because he has the right to the person of
29 Aug 2014 16:44

A 34-year-old farmer has been told that the era that a husband cannot be held liable for raping his own wife because he has the right to the person of his wife “is dead and gone”.

The comment was made by Justice Janaka Bandara while sentencing the Rakiraki farmer to 12 years in jail after he was found guilty by the High Court in Lautoka for two counts of rape and one count of attempt to rape on Tuesday.

Justice Bandara when reading out the sentence said the accused had blatantly violated his wife’s trust.

“She opened the door for you to come inside the house at that time of the night and accompanied you to the kitchen because of the trust she had over you,” he said in his sentencing.

“Your wife was heavily pregnant at the time of commission of your forceful acts and thus helpless and vulnerable.

“You showed no respect to the commitments within the covenant of marriage.”

The court heard that the accused had raped and attempted to rape his wife on May 8 and May 9, 2012.

Because they were living separately, the farmer had apparently gone to discuss a possible divorce when the incidents occurred.

The farmer told the court, in mitigation, that he was suffering mentally because he and his wife were separated and that she had initiated family court proceedings for maintenance, custody of their four children and a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO).

Justice Bandara further ordered that the farmer serve a term of nine years before he is eligible for parole.

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