A FATHER who sexually assaulted his seven-year-old daughter over a period of one year was yesterday jailed for four years by the High Court in Lautoka.
Judge Justice Priyantha Nawana also imposed a three-year non-parole period. The accused was charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of rape for the incidents which took place between January 2011 and April last year. He pleaded guilty to sexual assault but denied the rape charge.
The court heard the accused would take the child to a nearby creek under the pretext of going fishing and would then sexually assault the young girl.
"Sexual assault is a serious offence, which is punishable with a term of 14 years under Section 210 (2) of the Crimes Decree, when the acts complained of involve any form of contact with genitalia. Facts, admitted by you, fit into this description of the offence," said Justice Nawana while sentencing the accused.
The initial five-year sentence was reduced because of the early guilty plea and for time already spent in jail.