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Lautoka Judge Condemns Sex Crime In Family

A judge says sexually assaulting a child within her own family environment by a known relative is one of the outrageous forms of sexual crime. Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said: “In
26 Aug 2016 09:53
Lautoka Judge Condemns Sex Crime In Family
Sex crime

A judge says sexually assaulting a child within her own family environment by a known relative is one of the outrageous forms of sexual crime.

Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said: “In view of the seriousness of these offences, it is in my opinion that such offenders must be dealt with severe and harsh punishment.”

He made the remarks when he sentenced a 40-year-old man at the High Court in Lautoka to 15 years in jail for raping and indecently assaulting his niece, with a non-parole period of 14 years.

He said: “Hence the purpose of this sentence is founded on the principle of deterrence and protection of community.

“Moreover, the court must demonstrate in sentencing that the offenders of this nature are socially abhorrent.”

The man had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court heard that the accused committed the offences between April 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013 while the victim was staying at his house in Sigatoka.

The court also heard that the victim, whose mother had passed away, was forced to stay with the accused as she had been treated badly by her stepmother who had remarried her father.

Justice Rajasinghe said the accused had unleashed disgraceful exploitations on the victim when she was not in a position to seek any assistance or find a way to escape.

“She is your niece and the daughter of your elder brother. The victim has considered you and your wife as the persons who provided her needs,” Justice Rajasinghe told the accused.

“She has considered your house and the family as her own, the family environment for a child to grow up with confidence and safety.

“Close family members and relatives are the most trusted and dependable people surrounded during the developmental stages of a child.”

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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