Crime

Judge: Difficult to Understand Why Married Man Turns to Child for Sexual Desires

High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar says it is very difficult to comprehend why a grownup, married man would turn to a child for sexual desires. He raised the question
18 Sep 2019 17:36
Judge: Difficult to Understand Why Married Man Turns to Child for Sexual Desires

High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar says it is very difficult to comprehend why a grownup, married man would turn to a child for sexual desires.

He raised the question when sentencing a 28-year-old man to 15 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 11 years at the High Court in Lautoka on Monday.

The man was convicted for two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

The man allegedly raped and unlawfully assaulted the victim who was 13 years old at the time of offence in May, 2017, in Lautoka.

The man was the brother-in-law of the victim and was staying at his in-laws house where the alleged incident took place.

The court heard that the victim was from a broken family and she had visited the accused’s house when the incident took place.

The man had placed his hands inside the victim’s undergarments and had sexual intercourse with her on two occasions.

The court also heard that the man had prevented the victim from raising an alarm when the incidents took place.

Justice Goundar said rape of a child by a family member was serious.

“Using force is a serious crime. The conduct of the accused is a serious offence,” he said.

“It is the court’s duty to denounce such conduct and offenders and protect our children.

“The victim was sexually abused by the man who is an adult relative is a serious breach of trust.

“The victim will have to endure the cultural stigma for the rest of her life,” Justice Goundar said.

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

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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