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No Place For Rape In Society: Judge

Rape is a crime that has no place of acceptance in the society, says a Lautoka High Court judge. Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said: “It is worse form of physical and
21 Oct 2016 11:00
No Place For Rape In Society: Judge
Rape is Rape

Rape is a crime that has no place of acceptance in the society, says a Lautoka High Court judge.

Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said: “It is worse form of physical and psychological infringement of a person’s life.

“It is not only an attack on one’s self but also an attack on acceptable values and norms of the society.”

He said the impact of such crimes could adversely change the life of victim and the family forever.

He made the comments when he sent two men to jail for two counts of rape Apisai Natuitagalua was sentenced to 13 years and six months

He received a term of two years six months for the third count, assault with intent to commit rape, which he will serve concurrently.

Epeli Saukuru was  sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for one count of rape and assault with intent to commit rape for the same incident.

The incident occurred in August, 2012. Natuitagalua was consuming alcohol with the victim.

Later, Natuitagalua forced the victim to join him in drinking near Nawaka River, in Nadi.

He then forcefully dragged the victim to the cassava patch where he punched the victim and raped her.

He then again took the victim to another place where he strangled her, threatening her to be quiet and again raped her.

Saukuru then took advantage of the situation, pulled the victim to the bush nearby and raped her.

The victim sustained injuries when she was dragged.

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