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12 years for rapist

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, December 13, 2013

A MAN who raped a student on two separate occasions has been jailed for 12 years by the High Court in Lautoka.

Judge Justice Sudharshana De Silva told the offender he would not be eligible for parole until he completed serving 11 years of the sentence.

The 12-year sentence will run concurrently with other sentences that he currently serves.

The court heard that during the second term of school in 2007, the offender, 36, approached the victim, who was 10 years old then, and asked her to accompany him to the guava patch to collect guavas.

Trusting him, the victim willingly followed.

Suddenly, the offender told the victim to stop walking, lie on the ground and remove her clothes, warning that he would beat her with a guava stick if she did not do so.

The offender then forcefully had intercourse with the victim, who went home and did not tell anyone out of fear of her attacker.

In July last year, the offender undressed the complainant in her house and raped her again.

He only stopped when he saw the victim's brother approaching the room.

Justice De Silva jailed him on December 6 for 12 years on each count of rape but ordered that the sentences be served concurrently.

The offender was jailed for 11 years and seven months on November 29 after pleading guilty to all charges in five separate cases of a similar nature.