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13 years for child rape

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

IT is 13 years behind bars for a man who raped an eight-year-old girl two years ago.

The High Court in Suva sentenced the 23-year-old man yesterday saying his crime was a heinous act that society should be protected from.

Justice Prabharan Kumararatnam said the facts of the case are that the girl was waiting for her aunt at a bus stop in Namosi when the accused approached her.

He said the accused was related to the victim and therefore she took him up on the offer of breaking guavas from a nearby tree.

He said the man raped the eight year old and threatened her with death.

Justice Kumararatnam said the man had infected the girl with gonorrhoea.

He said the doctor in her evidence said even little penetration was enough to give the victim the sexually transmitted infection.

He added the crime of rape was happening too frequently and the sentence given by the court must reflect the public outrage.

He said rapists must be dealt with severely as rape was the worst form of degradation a human being could suffer.

He said society does not condone such acts of violence on children and children who are ultimately the future of the nation must be protected.

As aggravating factors, the court said the act was committed on a child and the accused had shown no remorse before, during and after the trial.

The psychological impact on the victim was also noted.

The man becomes eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

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