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Court hands down five-year jail term

A 35-year-old Savusavu man was sentenced to five years and seven months in jail by the High Court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape. On
22 Mar 2018 11:00
Court hands down five-year jail term

A 35-year-old Savusavu man was sentenced to five years and seven months in jail by the High Court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.

On the first count the accused penetrated the 29-year-old male complainant with his fingers without his consent.

For the second count he had sex with the same complainant without his consent.

Both incidents happened on January 18, 2017.

The court heard that at 10am on the day of the incident, the complainant was walking along Nacekoro Road in Savusavu when he met the accused, who was sitting at a bus shelter.

The accused and the complainant had a brief conversation after which they crossed the road to go to the seaside fore­shore to have sex.

The court heard that the victim went first, followed by the accused.

By the time they reached the foreshore the complainant changed his mind and re­fused to have sex with the accused.

However, the accused forcefully pushed him to the ground and committed the acts without the complainant’s consent.

After he was done, the accused got up, got dressed and apologised to the complain­ant.

When the complainant reached his home he informed his mother about what the accused had done and the matter was re­ported to the Savusavu Police Station.

The complaint’s medical exam on Janu­ary 19, 2017, showed recent trauma con­sistent with force.

While sentencing the accused, Justice Vinsent Perera considered the aggravat­ing factor was the amount of force used by the accused to overpower the complainant and the injuries sustained.

The court considered the mitigating fac­tors – that the accused was a first offender, was remorseful and co-operated with Po­lice. Defence lawyer Vilisoni Tuicolo of the Legal Aid submitted that the accused was separated from his wife and was the sole breadwinner of his family.

The accused will serve three years and four months of his sentence before he is eligible for parole

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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