Crime & Court

I Lost My Mind And Ran Away, Rapist Tells Court

The 45-year-old was caught at Deep Water in Korovou by Police officers on Wednesday and they brought him to the High Court in Suva yesterday.
28 Aug 2020 09:59
I Lost My Mind And Ran Away, Rapist Tells Court

A rapist, who was on the run, told the High Court that he had lost his mind and ran away.

He said his family had scared him on his first day of trial which was why he escaped. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The 45-year-old was caught at Deep Water in Korovou by Police officers on Wednesday and they brought him to the High Court in Suva yesterday.

He appeared before the trial and sentencing Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza.

Justice Hamza told the rapist that he was tried in absentia and his counsel from the Legal Aid Commission did her best to defend the case.

He said the court had found him guilty of the charges, convicted and had sentenced him.

Justice Hamza thanked Police Sergeant Arvind Singh and his team for their efforts to apprehend the rapist.

Justice Hamza said that even though he was hard on them, he thanked the effort put forth by the team to arrest the offender.

The rapist was tried and sentenced in absentia by Justice Hamza.

He was convicted for six counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

The victim raped his stepdaughter. She was 10-years-old when the offences began until she was 15 years old.

The rapist was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years.

Since the rapist was in remand for a period of one year and one month, Justice Hamza considered that as part of the sentence served.

The rapist will serve another 43 years and 11 months before he can apply for parole.

He was given 30 days from the date of the sentence, which was on August 24, to file an appeal.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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