Crime & Court

Man Gets More Than 10 Years Jail Time For Rape, Sexual Assault Of Child

High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar has sentenced a 19-year-old man to 10 years imprisonment for rape and three years imprisonment for sexual assault.
30 Jul 2020 16:37
Man Gets More Than 10 Years Jail Time For Rape, Sexual Assault Of Child

High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar has sentenced a 19-year-old man to 10 years imprisonment for rape and three years imprisonment for sexual assault.

“A young female child was sexually abused by a young, but an adult male in her home. This kind of abuse is too prevalent in our community. The purpose of the sentence is to denounce the conduct of the offender and deter him and others,” Justice Goundar said.

He ordered that both sentences be served concurrently with a non-parole period of seven years. The victim in the case was a Year Five student and a 10-year-old child.

The offender committed that offences on March 31, 2020 and on the following day. The incidents occurred at the victim’s home in Labasa.

The court heard that the offender was unemployed and raised by his maternal grandmother after his father passed away.

The offender dropped out of school at Year Two due to financial constraints.

The offender pleaded guilty to the charges at the first opportunity which was noted as a mitigating factor by Justice Goundar.

Justice Goundar said the aggravating factors were that the child was vulnerable and her trust was breached by someone who she knew from the same settlement.

He noted in the mitigating factors that the offender had expressed his remorse for his conduct.

He said these mitigating factors attracted significant reduction in sentence and a further reduction was made for a period of about four months that the offender spent in remand.

Justice Goundar said despite the mitigating factors, a prison sentence was inevitable.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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