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No Right-Thinking Man Would Rape His Granddaughter: Judge

A High Court judge in Suva told a 67-year-old grandfather yesterday that he did the unthinkable when he raped his granddaughter several times between 2006 and 2009. She was 10
18 Jun 2016 13:12
No Right-Thinking Man Would Rape His Granddaughter: Judge
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A High Court judge in Suva told a 67-year-old grandfather yesterday that he did the unthinkable when he raped his granddaughter several times between 2006 and 2009.

She was 10 years old going on to 11 when the offending started.

Justice Salesi Temo said: “No right-thinking grandfather would dare do what you did.

“This problem is becoming prevalent in our society. Despite our churches and holy houses filling up with people on Sundays and other holy days to receive positive message from the Almighty, our courthouses are also filling up with alleged child abusers,” Justice Temo said.

He said the courts had repeatedly said in the past, and would say again, “that we will not stand idly by, and watch the children of this country be abused every day. We will keep on passing deterrent sentences to protect the children of this country.”

Justice Temo jailed him for 13 years with a non-parole period of 12 years.

Justic Temo said “you showed no remorse whatsoever throughout the proceedings in this case.”

The victim was the man’s  eldest son’s daughter. The son committed suicide in 2002 because of marital difficulties.

Justice Temo said: “As her grandfather, you took on the responsibility of looking after your granddaughter from 2006 to 2009.

“This was noble of you. You became her father, mother and grandfather. You looked after her schooling and her life. However, you suddenly changed in 2006. Instead of being loving to your granddaughter, you began to secretly abuse her.

“First you repeatedly raped her in your bedroom, when everyone was away, in 2006. She was still 10 to 11 years old at the time.

“Your abuse continued in 2007. Then you sodomised her in 2008, when she was 13 years old. You raped her again in 2009 and you assaulted her on September 17, 2009, when she told her grandmother of your continued abuse of her.”

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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