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Man, 31, Jailed For Two Years For Defiling A Teenager

A 31-year-old man was sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Suva High Court for the defilement of a 14-year-old girl. The court heard that the incident happened on November
28 Jul 2016 10:47
Man, 31, Jailed For  Two Years For  Defiling A Teenager

A 31-year-old man was sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Suva High Court for the defilement of a 14-year-old girl.

The court heard that the incident happened on November 9, 2014 at Vunivasa in Nabuna village on Koro Island.

He had gone with the girl to collect mangoes after the girl’s father gave permission.

As aggravating factor Justice Priyantha Fernando said that he had breached the trust of the girl’s father and had taken advantage of the vulnerability of the girl when she was alone in an isolated area.

Justice Fernando said: “The courts have a duty to protect the young girls from any form of sexual exploitation and the primary purpose of the sentence is general deterrence.

“The rehabilitation of the offender is a secondary purpose and for these reasons I am not convinced that a suspended sentence will deter others who hold similar positions of authority from sexually exploiting younger girls.

“Your sentence will not be suspended but a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

The accused has a non-parole period of one year four months.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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