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Rapist Gets 14 Years

A man who allegedly raped a woman and then threatened to post her naked pictures on Facebook if she did not return to have sex with him was sentenced to
31 Aug 2015 09:29
Rapist Gets 14 Years

A man who allegedly raped a woman and then threatened to post her naked pictures on Facebook if she did not return to have sex with him was sentenced to 14 years in jail.

Hind Munishwar Lal was found guilty by judge Justice Salesi Temo at the High Court in Labasa last Friday.

While delivering the sentence Justice Temo said Lal lured the victim to his flat last year, under the pretext that he was going to give her some Fiji National University (FNU) papers and text books.

The court heard that after raping her, Lal warned the victim that she could not go home, unless he took naked photos of her on his mobile phone. He then blackmailed her of posting those pictures on Facebook unless she agreed to have sex with him when he demanded.

He had allegedly raped her again on three different occasions.

Lal has been studying at FNU for five years and the victim was a first-year student.

“You knew of the victim’s vulnerability as a first-year student and used this  against her,” Justice Temo said.

“You have ruined her education as she now has chosen to discontinue her studies after the ordeal.”

In evidence, Lal’s mobile phone and USB stick had been tendered in court. Justice Temo has ordered for the items to be destroyed at the end of the appeals period to safeguard the identity of the victim.

Justice Temo also ordered that Lal serve a non-parole period of 12 years.

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