14 years in jail for rapist

HIGH Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe yesterday told a man that his actions were monstrous and he needed a punishment that will serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders.

Justice Rajasinghe, while handing down the 14 years and seven months sentence to a man convicted of four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, said the court’s duty was to protect children and harsh penalties would be handed to offenders who took advantage of vulnerable children in their care.

The man, 40, raped his 12-year-old step-daughter in a village on a maritime island.

Justice Rajasinghe told the man he denied the child’s natural growth and took advantage of the fact that the child was alone at home with him when the incident occurred.

“Child rape is a serious crime and you were a close family member. Young children are the most vulnerable and you betrayed the victim’s trust,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

“The court will need to give more effective punishment to protect children from monstrous acts and monsters like you.”

Justice Rajasinghe said the sentence needed to serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders and protect members of the community and children from sex offenders.

He told the man that because of his actions, the young girl had to be moved away from home and was forced to stay with her grandparents.

Justice Rajasinghe said the aggravating factor of the case was that the man after committing the heinous crime on the child also threatened the young girl’s life.

He said apart from being a first offender, there was no other mitigating factors that he would accept.

The man was sentenced to 14 years, with the sentence to be served concurrently.

However, the man will only serve 13 years and seven months imprisonment after five months was deducted from the total sentence for the time spent at the Suva Remand Centre.

He has a non-parole period of 11 years and seven months.