A 35-YEAR-OLD taxidriver will be sentenced in the Suva Magistrates Court today for rape.
The man appeared before magistrate Shagit Somaratne yesterday.
In his mitigating submission, through his lawyer, the man said he was married and attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
He said he normally engaged himself with the community, such as playing rugby and volleyball, and that he had improved personally by enrolling in professional counselling in one of the institutes in Fiji.
The court heard that the man earned $300 a week, is the sole breadwinner in the family, and that he looks after his elderly aunt and 32-year-old sister.
He said he would not reoffend.
His submission stated that the court should consider his sentencing terms of lower than seven years imprisonment.
However, the court heard that the maximum term for rape was life imprisonment and a tariff of one count was 10 to 25 years imprisonment.
His submission further stated that the court should also consider him serving a portion of his sentence doing community work.