Crime & Court

Man Gets 14 Years Jail For Raping Child, 8

The man was found guilty and convicted as charged after the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
06 Mar 2020 11:30
Man Gets 14 Years Jail For Raping Child, 8

High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe yesterday sentenced a 41-year-old man to 14 years imprisonment for rape and sexual assault.

The man on July 14, 2019, at Nausori, had raped and sexually assaulted the victim, 8, while her father was drinking beer.

The man was found guilty and convicted as charged after the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Justice Rajasinghe said the purpose of the sentence was found on the principle of deterrence.

The court heard that the man asked the victim to go in a room while her father was drinking beer and committed the offences.

Justice Rajasinghe ordered that the man was to serve 12 years imprisonment before he was eligible for parole.

He also noted that the man was in remand for 42 days, which Justice Rajasinghe considered as two months of the sentence already served.

The term left for the man to serve is 13 years and 10 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 11 years and 10 months.

The man has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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