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65-year-old Given 10 Years In Jail For Raping Grand-nephew

The 65-year-old grand-uncle who was convicted of raping his seven-year-old grandnephew on December 20, 2016 was sentenced to 10 years and one month imprisonment yesterday. Suva High Court Judge Justice
25 Nov 2017 10:38
65-year-old Given 10 Years In Jail For Raping Grand-nephew

The 65-year-old grand-uncle who was convicted of raping his seven-year-old grandnephew on December 20, 2016 was sentenced to 10 years and one month imprisonment yesterday.

Suva High Court Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza ordered the accused to serve eight years and one month of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

The father of five was alleged to have forced his grandnephew to perform oral sexual acts on him after having his shower.

While sentencing the accused, Justice Hamza took into consideration the objective seriousness of the case.

He said the aggravating factors were that the accused was the maternal grand-uncle of the child who referred to him as his grandfather.

Justice Hamza told the accused that he should have protected the child instead he had breached the trust expected of him which was gross.

The court took into account the large age disparity between the accused and the child which was 58 years.

The accused took advantage of the vulnerability of the child, his helplessness and naivety.

“You have exposed the innocent mind of a child to sexual activity at such a tender age,” Justice Hamza said.

The accused deposed in his mitigation that he is a first offender which the court considered as evidence of good character.

However Justice Hamza stated that personal circumstances could not be considered as mitigation factors.

State lawyer Lavenia Bogitini appeared for Prosecution while Legal Aid Commission lawyer Vani Filipe represented the accused.

He was given 30 days to appeal.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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