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Step-father gets 13 years for rape, indecent assault   A 55-year-old step-father will spend 13 years in jail for rape and indecent assault. The matter was called before Justice Achala Wengappuli in
01 Oct 2016 11:47
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Step-father gets 13 years for rape, indecent assault

 

A 55-year-old step-father will spend 13 years in jail for rape and indecent assault.

The matter was called before Justice Achala Wengappuli in the High Court in Suva yesterday. Justice Wengappuli had concurred with the assessor’s decision on a guilty verdict.

Between January 1, 2004 and May 31, 2012, the step-father indecently assaulted his 11-year-old step-daughter.

He is sentenced to 13 years for rape and three years for indecent assault, which will be served concurrently.

The non-parole period he received is 10 years. He has 30 days to appeal.

 

 

Cousin acquitted of rape, but found guilty of defilement

 

A man who is charged with rape and defiling his cousin has been acquitted for rape by the High Court in Suva.

Appearing before Justice Vincent Perera yesterday the accused has only been found guilty of defilement.

Justice Perera said the prosecution had failed to prove the elements of rape. He said the complainant was evasive and not consistent when giving her evidence. The court had heard that the accused had believed the complainant was 16 years old at the time of the alleged offence. The complainant was 15 years old at the time.

Defence lawyer Jiten Reddy, for mitigation, said the accused was young, a first offender, was remorseful of his actions and sought the court’s mercy.

Mr Reddy highlighted in court that the accused and the complainant were distant cousins and there were no breach of trust.

The accused remains in custody until his sentencing on October 6.

 

 

Mere Satakala / Edited by Naisa Koroi

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