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Stepfather Gets 12 Years Jail Time For Rape

A stepfather was sentenced to 12 years six months for a count of rape and three counts of sexual assault. High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan had overturned the assessors’
21 Nov 2014 08:52
Stepfather Gets 12 Years Jail Time For Rape

A stepfather was sentenced to 12 years six months for a count of rape and three counts of sexual assault.

High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan had overturned the assessors’ opinion of not guilty on the count of rape and convicted him accordingly.

The 41-year-old was living with the victim’s mother in a defacto relationship in Nadawa, Nasinu, at the time of the incident in 2012.

On February 15, 2012, he had woken up the girl who was 13 years old at the material time, by touching her breast.

The victim felt her stepfather penetrating her with something which could only be his finger as he was fully dressed and kneeling beside her bed. The court also heard that the accused had sexually assaulted his step daughter on various occasions. It was heard that the girl refused to enter the house alone when her stepfather was around as she didn’t like what he did to her.

The accused had denied any sexual activity with the victim but accepted kissing her, touching her breasts, stomach and neck.

Justice Madigan said the girl’s evidence was convincing, honest and compelling as the girl had no negative feeling towards the accused to make up any story.

He said children must be protected in their youth from predatory and deviant adults, especially those related to the victims.

For the count of rape he had been sentenced to 12 years and six months and for each count of sexual assault, he is to serve six years.

The sentence is to be served concurrently. He has to serve 10 years before being eligible for parole.

farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 




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