Crime & Court

20-Year-Old Gets Two Years Imprisonment For Defilement Of Student

The accused had pleaded guilty to the offences and admitted the summary of facts
21 Aug 2019 14:31
20-Year-Old Gets Two Years Imprisonment For Defilement Of Student

A custodial sentence is warranted in defilement cases to denounce the behaviour of the accused persons and deter others from committing similar offences in the future in rural areas.

Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne made this statement while sentencing a 20-year-old for two counts of defilement of a young person between 13 and 16 years old.

The 20-year-old accused was sentenced to two years imprisonment with a non-parole period of one year.

The accused had pleaded guilty to the offences and admitted the summary of facts.

Between January 1, 2016, and April 15, 2018, at Naitasiri, the accused had unlawful carnal knowledge with the victim who was a student of Naitasiri, being between the ages of 13 years and 15 years.

The accused was 17 years old on the first occasion and 19 years old on the second occasion at the time when the offences took place. The victim was 13 years old on the first occasion and 15 years old on the second.

While sentencing the accused, Magistrate Somaratne said: “You are related to the victim. She is your cousin. By committing these offences you breached her trust.

“There is a significant age difference between the parties.

“I find this is a case of sexual exploitation of an underage victim by an older relative.

“Considering all these factors, I find a custodial sentence is warranted in this case to denounce the behaviour of the accused and deter others from committing similar offences in the future in the rural areas,” Magistrate Somaratne said.

For the safety of the victim, Magistrate Somaratne also issued a permanent domestic violence restraining order with standard non-molestation and non-contact orders.

The accused was given 28 days to appeal.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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