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Rape! 13 Years 10 Months Jail Term For Grand Uncle

  A 66-year-old grand uncle found guilty on two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault has been sentenced to 13 years and 10 months imprisonment. He was
19 Jul 2018 10:00
Rape! 13 Years 10 Months Jail Term For Grand Uncle

 

A 66-year-old grand uncle found guilty on two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault has been sentenced to 13 years and 10 months imprisonment.

He was given a non-parole period of 10 years and 10 months.

The victim was eight years old and the accused 65 at the time of the incident, which happened in Suva last year.

While delivering his judgment at the High Court in Suva yesterday morning,  Judge Justice Vinsent Perera said that a harsh penalty would deter elders like the accused using the position of trust to take advantage of vulnerable children in the family.

“Being a grand uncle to the victim, you had the duty to protect the victim,” Justice Perera said.

He said that the accused had breached the trust of the victim and another aggravating factor of this case was the age difference which was 57 years.

Justice Perera said the accused was a first offender.

The defence lawyer had submitted mitigating factors such as the accused being 66 years old and his wife was 71.

He was the sole bread winner in the family and there was no one else to look after his sickly wife.

The accused also had some medical conditions that required regular attention.

However, Justice Perera said that these personal circumstances was no mitigation for such an offence.

Edited by Percy Kean

 Feedback: sheenam.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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