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Jail time for second time rapist

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A MAN who drugged and raped his cousin in Sigatoka has been sent to jail for a second time for rape.

The High Court in Lautoka sentenced the man to eight years in jail after finding him guilty at the end of a five-day trial.

Justice Sudharshana De Silva said in 2011, the 22-year-old victim was living with an aunt.

"You are a distant cousin of the victim. You had come from Suva to this house on the day of the incident," Justice De Silva said.

"You had planned to put Fijian medicine in her drinks.

"When the victim passed out after drinking beer, you volunteered to take her home.

"Thereafter, you had dragged her into a bush and raped her. You had no remorse for your conduct."

Justice De Silva said as part of the aggravating factors, the victim was the accused's distant cousin, and that he had breached the trust between cousins.

It was also noted that the accused was not remorseful for an offence which was planned.

"You are not a first offender. You have six previous convictions and three of them are in the operational period," said Justice De Silva.

"You were convicted for rape in 1999 and sentenced for five years imprisonment.

"Having considered the nature of the relationship you had with the victim, I order a permanent domestic violence restraining order in place."

The man becomes eligible for parole after serving seven years.

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