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Court refuses man's appeal

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

A MAN's application to appeal against his sentence was refused by the Fiji Court of Appeal.

The High Court in Labasa had convicted and sentenced the man to 12 years imprisonment last year with a non-parole period of 10 years after finding him guilty of raping his 17-year-old step-daughter.

The man had appealed on the grounds that the letters written by his wife, daughter and step-daughter describing the incident were different to what was recorded at the police station.

Other grounds of appeal included were that the family members were forced to sign their statements at the police station; that the victim never made a complaint to the police and that the letters of his family members were not produced in court by his counsel from the Legal Aid Commission.

In delivering his ruling on the matter, judge Justice Eric Basnayake said he did not see any arguable points in the appeal filed by the man.