Crime & Court

Paraplegic Grandfather Sentenced Thirteen Years For Rape

The High Court in Suva heard that the accused is the maternal grandfather of the two victims - four and seven-year-old girls.
26 Apr 2020 13:23
Paraplegic Grandfather Sentenced Thirteen Years For Rape

A 59-year-old grandfather has been sentenced to 13 years, six months and five days imprisonment for rape and indecent assault.

The High Court in Suva heard that the accused is the maternal grandfather of the two victims – four and seven-year-old girls.

Judge Justice Vinsent Perera convicted the accused after he pleaded guilty to raping each of the victims twice, before indecently assaulting them.

The incidents happened in the accused’s house in a village in Naitasiri on September 11, 2019, when both girls were at his house.

After committing the crimes, the accused told them not to tell anyone about the incidents and gave them blown up hospital gloves as balloons.

The matter was reported to the Vunidawa Police Station on September 17, and the accused was interviewed and charged accordingly.

While sentencing the accused, Justice Perera considered the aggravating factors that there was a serious breach of trust since the accused is the grandfather of both victims.

The age gap between the girls and the accused, including the exploitation of their vulnerability and naivety.

The mitigating factors included the accused’s remorsefulness and his early guilty plea.

The court also heard that the accused was not a first offender as he had been convicted for criminal intimidation in 2014.

His lawyer from the Legal Aid Commission submitted that he is married with five children and had studied up to class eight.

She also submitted that as a result of an accident in 2015, the accused is now paraplegic.

However, the court noted that the accused’s state of being paraplegic did not stop him from committing the offences on two vulnerable children.

Justice Perera said the accused saved the court’s time and resources when he entered an early guilty plea, which prevented the victims from reliving their dreadful experiences in court.

He will serve nine years, six months and five days in prison before he can be eligible for parole.

A permanent Domestic Violence Restraining Order was also issued against him, and he was ordered not to have any form of contact with the victims either directly or by any other means, unless otherwise directed by the court.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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