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Bench Warrant Out For Sex Offender

A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man who sexually exploited his friend’s 15-year-old daughter. The 50-year-old accused, who was known to the complainant as “uncle”, was
23 Feb 2018 11:47
Bench Warrant Out For Sex Offender

bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man who sexually exploited his friend’s 15-year-old daughter.

The 50-year-old accused, who was known to the complainant as “uncle”, was invited to sleep at his friend’s house when the rape and sexual assault incidents occurred.

He was sentenced in absentia at the Suva High Court yesterday to 12 years and four months imprisonment.

It was proved at the conclusion of the trial, that the accused entered the girl’s bedroom while she was in bed after her father left for work and trusted the accused to be with his daughter.

After entering her room, the accused forcefully pushed her down on her bed when she tried to get up and pushed him away. He then started performing oral sexual acts on her.

While sentencing the accused, Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said the sexual exploitation of children within their domestic environment had become a social menace in Fiji.

He said it required a more constructive and effective intervention from law enforcement authorities, including the Court of Law in order to protect the children from such a monstrous phenomenon.

Justice Rajasinghe said the offence was a very serious crime.

He said in view of the seriousness of the offence he was of the opinion that such offenders must be dealt severe and harsh punishments. The purpose of the sentence is founded on the principle of deterrence and protection of the community, Justice Rajasinghe said.

Moreover, the court must demonstrate in sentencing that the offenders of a similar nature are socially abhorrent, he said.

The evidence revealed that the girl’s parents were separated.

She had been living with her mother who had passed away before the incident and she had gone to live with her father.

“It is certain that a crime of this nature adversely affects a child of this age with such a family background. Hence, I find the level of harm is substantially high in this crime,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

The accused will serve a period of 10 years and four months imprisonment before he can be eligible for parole.

Thirty days was given to appeal to the Fiji Court of Appeal.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa




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