AFTER three years of denying the rape of his seven-year-old niece, a Lautoka man has finally admitted to the charge.
According to the High Court in Lautoka, the man had admitted to one count of rape days before the trial was scheduled to start earlier this month.
"Originally this case was fixed for trial on several occasions and it could not be reached because of various reasons," Justice Sitambarampillai Thurairaja said while sentencing the accused.
"On the last occasion when the trial was about to begin, the accused pleaded guilty to the charge in the presence of the assessors."
The court heard the accused admitted to being with his niece on the night of March 21 and was watching television with her prior to the incident.
He then took the young girl to a secluded spot near a village hall where he raped her. The victim later relived her ordeal to her parents before the matter was reported to police.
After sentencing the accused to 11 years behind bars, Justice Thurairaja said no further concessions would be offered as the rapist already had two previous convictions. The perpetrator has been given 30 days to appeal his sentence.