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Guilty! Rainima Sentence Today

  A 21-year-old unemployed man is to be sentenced in the High Court in Suva today after he was found guilty of a charge of rape. Isoa Rainima raped a
25 Oct 2018 11:26
Guilty! Rainima Sentence Today
Isoa Rainima at the Suva High Court on October 24, 2018. Photo: Ashna Kumar

 

A 21-year-old unemployed man is to be sentenced in the High Court in Suva today after he was found guilty of a charge of rape.

Isoa Rainima raped a 23-year-old student at Holland Street, Suva, in December 2016.

Rainima, who appeared before Justice Salesi Temo, was convicted for one count of assault with intent to commit rape, seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault, one count of criminal intimidation and one count of robbery.

The three assessors in the matter returned a guilty opinion and Justice Temo agreed with their unanimous opinion and found him guilty of all the charges.

While delivering his judgement, Justice Temo said: “By imposing a harsh sentence, I want to send a message to the people of this country.

“What was done on the victim, even animals would not do it.”

During the six-day trial, the court heard that the incident happened in broad daylight in Holland Street.

Rainima will be sentenced at noon today.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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