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Wheelchair-bound Grandfather Pleads Guilty To Rape And Indecent Assault Charges

The incidents occurred on September 11, 2019, at Naitasiri where the man touched the complainant’s private parts and penetrated it.
06 Feb 2020 13:07
Wheelchair-bound Grandfather Pleads Guilty To Rape And Indecent Assault Charges

A 59-year-old grandfather, who raped and assaulted his granddaughters, has been convicted by the High Court in Suva.

He appeared before Justice Vinsent Perera in a wheelchair and carrying a catheter bag.

The man had pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and one count of indecent assault charges.

The incidents occurred on September 11, 2019, at Naitasiri where the man touched the complainant’s private parts and penetrated it.

The complainants in the matter were aged four and seven years old at the time of the offence.

The matter was reported to the Vunidawa Police Station by the complainant’s mother.

The summary of facts was read to the court to which the grandfather admitted.

Justice Perera has convicted him as guilty as charged and ordered the defence counsel from the Legal Aid Commission to file and serve the mitigations within 14 days.

The prosecution will file its sentencing submissions by Friday.

The matter has been adjourned to February 25 for sentencing.

The man has been further remanded in custody to await sentencing.

Edited by Percy Kean

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