Fiji Time: 4:13 PM on Saturday 25 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Jail for 'witchdoctor'

Torika Tokalau
Friday, April 12, 2013

A VEGETABLE vendor who claimed to be a witchdoctor and raped a 25-year-old woman who sought treatment from him for pimples was jailed for 13 years yesterday.

He was sentenced in the High Court in Suva by judge Justice Paul Madigan who ordered that he serve 11 years before being eligible to apply for parole.

Justice Madigan said the offender showed no remorse for his deeds whatsoever when giving evidence and appeared to the court to enjoy telling of his invocation of spirits and his manipulation of the victim.

On November 24, 2010, the complainant and her aunt approached the offender, seeking his services as a witchdoctor for an acne problem. He told them the acne could only be cured if the complainant slept with him.

On November 28 around 1am, he raped the complainant several times in her home when he visited them for what he said was the first session of treatment.

During mitigation, the offender's lawyer, Dinesh Sharma, said his client was the sole breadwinner for his wife and three children. Mr Sharma said his client's relatives were in Vanua Levu, so there was no one to look after his family if he was imprisoned.

He also said his client held no previous record and asked Justice Madigan to pass a non-custodial sentence.

Justice Madigan said the greatest aggravating feature was the offender's use of subterfuge and deceit in his ploy to have sex with the complainant.

He said further aggravation came from the lack of remorse of the offender as evidenced throughout the trial.

Justice Madigan sentenced him to 15 years imprisonment but because of mitigation factors represented by his family circumstances and his clean record, he reduced the sentence by two years.





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. Siblings in shock
  2. Farewell Duke
  3. Koroi ready to help Fijian scrum during Europe tour
  4. In the dark
  5. Forum lifts Fiji ban
  6. Taskforce rakes in $500k in rent arrears
  7. Group of companies hold inaugural Pinktober celebrations
  8. Inglis salutes new Kangaroos X-factor
  9. Separating fact from myth
  10. Relief for farmers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  2. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  3. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)
  4. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  5. Kepa's not weak Friday (24 Oct)
  6. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Full pay while on leave Friday (24 Oct)
  8. $20m in excess Wednesday (22 Oct)
  9. Ryan's fight to help 7s Friday (24 Oct)
  10. $11.9m in arrears Wednesday (22 Oct)