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22-Year-Old Found Guilty Of Rape By Assessors

  A 22-year-old stepfather was found guilty of rape by the assessors at the High Court in Suva yesterday. He has been remanded and awaits Justice Vincent Perera’s verdict which
23 Jun 2016 11:18
22-Year-Old Found Guilty Of Rape By Assessors
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A 22-year-old stepfather was found guilty of rape by the assessors at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

He has been remanded and awaits Justice Vincent Perera’s verdict which will be handed down today.

He was charged with a count each of rape, sexual assault and assault causing actual bodily harm.

The accused had pleaded guilty to the third count and had pleaded not guilty to the first two counts.

The court heard that on July 5, 2014 the accused allegedly raped his stepdaughter in his bedroom. The stepson heard his sister crying and peeped into the room through a hole where he saw the accused on top of the victim and when he opened the door the accused pushed the victim out of his bed.

The older brother asked his eight-year-old sister what had happened and the she told him how the accused had been assaulting her for so many years.

The stepchildren were afraid of the accused as he used to beat them up for various reasons and they did not like him.

The mother was told of what had happened that day, but all she did was tell her son to inform her if it happened again.

The prosecution, when giving closing submissions, told the court that the mother allowed the beating, abuse and sexual assault on her children.

The court heard that from July 1, 2012 to July 14, 2014, the man allegedly sexually assaulted his stepdaughter on various occasions.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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