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Rotuman Man, 64, Guilty Of Rape

  A 64-year-old farmer of Rotuma was yesterday found guilty of three counts of rape by the High Court in Suva. The matter was called before Justice Vincent Perera. The
07 Feb 2017 11:00
Rotuman Man, 64, Guilty Of Rape

 

A 64-year-old farmer of Rotuma was yesterday found guilty of three counts of rape by the High Court in Suva.

The matter was called before Justice Vincent Perera.

The accused had raped his niece in Rotuma on several occasions.

The victim was only 13-years-old when the accused started performing sexual acts on her.

The victim had told the court that she did not consent to anything and had asked the accused what he was doing and was told by the accused to “shut up and don’t make noise”.

She further told the court that in 2011 when she returned from Fara, a Rotuman festival, the accused told her that he wanted to sleep with her and when she denied he told her that if she wanted to go anywhere she had to pay him by having sex with him.

Justice Perera found the accused guilty of three counts of rape, but acquitted him of the fourth count of rape.

He will be sentenced tomorrow.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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