Crime & Court

Man Gets Life In Jail For Raping Stepdaughter

He was sentenced to 18 years for each of the six counts of rape and six for the two counts of sexual assault.
26 Aug 2020 10:15
Man Gets Life In Jail For Raping Stepdaughter

A man was sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court in Suva for raping his stepdaughter.

The man was sentenced in absentia and remains at large. He was convicted for six counts of rape and two of sexual assault which happened over the span of five years.

Justice Riyaz Hamza said the attacks on the child started when she was 10.

“The accused took advantage of the complainant’s vulnerability, helplessness and naivety,” Justice Hamza said.

“As indicated, the accused commenced perpetrating these offences on the complainant when she was merely 10 years of age and continued sexually abusing her until she was 15 years old.”

He said there was significant planning in committing the offences as the accused waited for everyone to leave the house so he could prey on the child.

“In certain instances, he even prevented the complainant from going to school to fulfil his sexual desires,” he said.

He was sentenced to 18 years for each of the six counts of rape and six for the two counts of sexual assault.

The man is eligible for parole after serving 43 years and 11 months.

Justice Hamza urged authorities to strengthen their efforts in apprehending the accused so that justice could be duly meted out to him.

“It is most regrettable that the accused has been absenting himself from this Court since July 20, 2020, the day on which his trial was to commence,” he said.

“It is a sad reflection on the Police Department as to how an offender could abscond and evade justice for such a long period of time.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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