Fiji Time: 1:59 PM on Saturday 28 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Women hail verdict

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

THE Fiji Women's Crisis Centre has praised the judicial department for sentencing a 74-year-old man to 11 years behind bars for the rape of a seven-year-old girl earlier this year.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali said rape was a crime that should be dealt with severely and offences such as these called for deterrent sentences as sexual abuse of children by their elders was quite prevalent in the community.

"And in this case it is likely to have an impact on the emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing of the survivor," said Ms Ali in a release.

However, Ms Ali said the group was concerned about the reduction of the sentence from 14 years to 11 years.

"The crisis centre is, however, concerned about the fact that the sentence was reduced by three years for the 'remorse' and 'forgiveness' sought by the prisoner, given that the prisoner did not plead guilty and the child was forced to go through trial, and further that the sentence was reduced by another three years for the accused's 20 months spent on remand.

"The fact that the child had to go to trial and re-live the experience of what happened to her is not only distressing and traumatising, but should also have been considered an aggravating factor in the sentencing of the accused," she said.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hong Kong 7s - A brief look back at how the tournament has changed in 40 years
  2. Porn a form of violence
  3. NRL: Seven debutants set to take field
  4. Fear and pain
  5. Fruit fly find raises total to eight
  6. Human sexuality
  7. Reds fall short against Highlanders
  8. Ten-year dream becomes reality for Mercer
  9. FEA awards company with gensets project
  10. Relocation query

Top Stories this Week

  1. The last goodbye Tuesday (24 Feb)
  2. Bonus pay Tuesday (24 Feb)
  3. Wife's sorrow Wednesday (25 Feb)
  4. Bainimarama: Expect the rise Monday (23 Feb)
  5. JPs in corrupt practice Monday (23 Feb)
  6. Porn search: Fiji in top ten Friday (27 Feb)
  7. Dead in early morning plunge Friday (27 Feb)
  8. Body find shocks duo Thursday (26 Feb)
  9. 3 walk free Thursday (26 Feb)
  10. A mother's anguish Wednesday (25 Feb)