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Taxi driver gets 14 years nine months sentence for abduction, rape

A 37-year-old taxi driver was told in the High Court yes­terday that he abused his position as a Public Service Vehi­cle (PSV) driver when he abducted and raped a 14-year-old
22 Mar 2018 11:00
Taxi driver gets 14 years nine months sentence for abduction, rape
Taxi driver Umendra Kumar, 37, was sentenced to 14 years and nine months imprisonment. He was charged with one count of abduction and 3 counts of rape of a 14 year old girl. Photo: Fonua Talei

A 37-year-old taxi driver was told in the High Court yes­terday that he abused his position as a Public Service Vehi­cle (PSV) driver when he abducted and raped a 14-year-old teenage girl.

The accused, Umendra Kumar, was sentenced to 14 years and nine months by Justice Riyaz Hamza. Kumar was ordered to serve 11 years and nine months of his sen­tence before he can be eligible for parole.

The incidents happened between January 10 to 13 in 2014 after the accused abducted the juvenile against the will and knowledge of her mother after which he raped her twice in Nadi and once in Ra­kiraki.

While sentencing the accused, Justice Hamza said the complain­ant was rescued on January 15, 2014 by the Police.

He took into account the age dis­parity between the two, which was 19 years, and that the accused held a kitchen knife against her neck.

The court heard that the com­plainant suffered injuries during the incident, which caused her se­rious emotional and psychological trauma.

Justice Hamza said the accused took advantage of the teenage girl’s vulnerability and helpless­ness.

The court heard that the accused was in a de facto relationship for 19 years and was the sole bread­winner of the family.

It was highlighted that he was not a first offender as he had two previ­ous convictions within the last 10 years.

The lawyer has been given 30 days to file an appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Edited by Percy Kean

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