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66-year-old gets 13 years jail for rape of grandchild

  A 66-year-old was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment on Monday for raping and sexually assaulting his six-year-old granddaughter between January 24, 2011 and August 15, 2016. While sentencing the
21 Dec 2017 11:00
66-year-old gets 13 years jail for rape of grandchild
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A 66-year-old was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment on Monday for raping and sexually assaulting his six-year-old granddaughter between January 24, 2011 and August 15, 2016.

While sentencing the first offender in Labasa, High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo said the sentence was designed to punish the accused in a manner which was just in all circumstances, to protect the community from people like the accused and to deter would-be child rapists.

Justice Temo said the sentence signified that the court and the community denounced the rape and sexual abuse of children.

The facts of the case revealed that the accused and his wife raised the child ever since she was young.

In 2011 the accused began abusing the child by raping her when she was under 13 years of age and not capable of consenting to sex.

He then abused her by touching her private parts and in August 15 last year he took her to the family plantation in a secluded area to get cassava where he forcefully undressed her and performed oral sex on her.

Justice Temo highlighted that there was a serious breach of a grandparent’s trust in that the accused was entrusted with looking after and caring for the child.

Instead the accused did the unthinkable by raping and sexually assaulting the child and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident.

Justice Temo stressed that the court did not tolerate the abuse of children who were the future of Fiji.

He said long prison sentences would continue to be handed down as a warning to potential offenders.

The accused had been remanded in custody for approximately nine months.

He was ordered to serve 11 years imprisonment before he would be eligible for parole.

He was given 30 days to appeal to the Court of Appeal if he chose to.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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