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Jail Time For Stepdad Who Raped 12-Year-Old Girl

A 55-year-old man was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment yesterday by the High Court in Labasa for raping his 12-year-old step-daughter. The father, charged with one count of rape, appeared before
13 May 2017 10:16
Jail Time For Stepdad Who Raped 12-Year-Old Girl
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A 55-year-old man was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment yesterday by the High Court in Labasa for raping his 12-year-old step-daughter.

The father, charged with one count of rape, appeared before Justice Paul Madigan.

As in all cases of family rape, of which unfortunately there are too many in Fiji, Justice Madigan said there was a gross breach of trust.

The court heard that on June 22, 2016, the girl’s mother had spent a few days in Nabouwalu to care for her sick brother.

While she was away, the accused stayed with the victim and two young sons.

Between the night of June 22 and 23, the girl woke up to find her step-father on top of her, who then raped her.

When the girl’s mother was expected to return home, the court heard the accused gave the girl $100 and told her to go to Labasa and stay with an aunt.

The girl told her aunt of the rape incident who then suggested that she returned home to tell her mother, which she did.

Justice Madigan said sadly, the girl’s mother was unsympathetic and unsupportive and sent the daughter on the bus alone to Dreketi to report the incident.

The accused is a first offender and the only income earner in the family.

Justice Madigan said the court does however recognise the hardship that the sentence issued would cause on the family and a minimum term before the accused was eligible for parole may in some way give the family a prospect of reunion.

The accused will spend 10 years in custody before he is eligible to apply for parole.

He was represented by Legal Aid Commission lawyer Salote Nasedra.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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