Crime & Court

Rapist Father Jailed For 17 Years

In sentencing the man, Justice Sunil Sharma said the punishment ought to be such that it takes into account the society’s outrage and denunciation against such conduct.
25 Jun 2020 10:31
Rapist Father Jailed For 17 Years

A 40-year-old man was sentenced to 17 years in jail for sexually abusing and raping his daughter since she was nine years old.

In sentencing the man, Justice Sunil Sharma said the punishment ought to be such that it takes into account the society’s outrage and denunciation against such conduct.

When family members sexually abuse children, violating the Domestic Violence Act, they should not expect any mercy from the court, he said.

Justice Sharma said there had been an increase in sexual offences involving offenders who were known to the victim and were mature adults.

“The victim was unsuspecting and vulnerable; you cannot be forgiven for what you have done to the victim,” Justice Sharma said.

“The victim has also been psychologically and emotionally affected. Rape is not only a physical act, it destroys the very soul of the victim, and also brings about a sense of hopelessness and anxiety, which cannot be measured or repaired by anyone.

“You have scarred the life of your own daughter forever. There is no doubt that positive and happy childhood memories contribute towards child development, which is an inspiration for the future. Unfortunately, this is not so for the victim,” Justice Sharma said.

He sentenced the offender to 17 years, 10 months and 15 days imprisonment with a non-parole period of 16 years.

Since the offender and the victim are closely related, Justice Sharma issued a permanent non-molestation and non-contact orders to protect the victim under the Domestic Violence Act.

Offence:

The offender, between January 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016, at their home in Nadi, raped and sexually assaulted his daughter in her room while his wife and other children were away.

The victim did not tell anyone about what the offender had done to her since she was threatened by the offender on all occasions that if she told anyone or her mother, he would kill or hurt her.

In 2016, when the victim’s mother and siblings were away, she relayed the matter to Adi Laite and reported the matter to Police.

In the victim’s impact statement, she stated that her life changed after what her father had done to her. When she thought of the incidents, she would get emotional and experienced loss of concentration at school, loss of trust in people and had become short tempered, because of the effects of the incidents.

The victim also isolated herself from everyone because of stress and pressure, and on one occasion she had become suicidal.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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