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Sexual Assault Accused Jailed

A 64-year-old man was jailed for three years and four months by the Suva High Court for four counts of sexual assault. The incident occurred between April 8, 2015 and
26 Nov 2016 11:00
Sexual Assault Accused Jailed
Jailed

A 64-year-old man was jailed for three years and four months by the Suva High Court for four counts of sexual assault.

The incident occurred between April 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015 and the victim was a distant relative who was just 9-years-old at the time of the offense.

For aggravating factors Judge Justice Vincent Perera said that the accused had breached the trust of the girl as he was an elderly relative, there was an age gap of 55 years and the accused had taken advantage of the victim’s naivety and vulnerability.

For mitigating factors Justice Perera said that the accused had pleaded guilty at the earliest possible opportunity, he had cooperated with the police and admitted his guilt, he is a first offender and is remorseful.

The accused was sentenced to four years imprisonment but Justice Perera took into account the time the accused spent in remand which was seven months and ten days.

The non-parole period is two years and four months.

A permanent restraining order is issued against the accused for the protection of the victim.



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