10 years imprisonment for rapist

A 57-YEAR-OLD man who was jailed for 10 years for raping his niece was told by the High Court in Labasa that he used his authority to sexually abuse the victim and to prevent her from complaining.

The church elder was earlier convicted of two counts of rape.

The court heard the complainant was 17 years old when the incident happened in 2008. She was from Bua and had travelled to Labasa for education and resided with the accused’s family.

On August 30, 2008 the complainant had accompanied the accused to his plantation where he threatened her with a stick he had sharpened using a cane knife to have intercourse with him.

In October of the same year, the accused again forced the victim to have intercourse with him while they were alone in their home.

In passing sentence, Justice Daniel Goundar said the most serious aggravating factors in the case was that the accused breached the trust of the complainant and her parents.

“You had become her guardian when she came to live with you to attend school and you commanded authority over her,” Justice Goundar said.

“The rape was committed within two months

“When you realised that the victim may not return to your home, you became obsessed and threatened to commit suicide with the intent to prevent the victim from reporting you.”