Crime

12 Month Punishment For Boy,17, Convicted Of Rape

The juvenile was charged and convicted for one count of rape of a five-year-old girl.
28 Jun 2019 14:04
12 Month Punishment For Boy,17, Convicted Of Rape

High Court Judge Justice Vinsent Perera has delivered a 12-month punishment toward a 17-year-old boy.

Justice Perera ordered that once the juvenile boy turned 18 in October, the remaining period of seven months and 15 days would be suspended for three years.

This means the juvenile will be detained for four months and 15 days at the Fiji Juvenile and Rehabilitation Centre, for the offence of rape.

The punishment was delivered by the Court on June 12.

The juvenile was charged and convicted for one count of rape of a five-year-old girl.

The offence took place in the Western Division between November 1 and November 30, 2018, inside a village hall.

The juvenile had pleaded guilty to the offence and admitted to the summary of facts.

The judge also ordered that the juvenile be referred for appropriate counselling during the time of his detention at the centre.

The court heard that the maximum sentence for the offence of rape under Section 207 (1) of the Crimes Act is life imprisonment and the sentencing tariff for rape of a child is a term of imprisonment between 11 to 20 years.

However, Justice Perera said given the provisions of Section 30 (3) of the Juveniles Act, the maximum term of imprisonment that could be imposed was two years.

Justice Perera told the juvenile: “You had exploited the victim’s vulnerability and used force on the victim where you forcefully took her to the village hall to commit the offence.

“Given the prevalence of child sexual abuse offences, I should also ensure that a clear message is communicated to you and to those with similar impulses that the court and the community denounces your conduct.”

The juvenile was given 30 days to appeal to the Fiji Court of Appeal.

Edited by Percy Kean

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