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10 years for rape, assault

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A 43-YEAR-OLD farmer found guilty of raping and committing a sexual act on a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for 10 years.

The farmer raped the victim when she was brought to his care in 2009 by the Social Welfare Ministry and the victim's mother.

The man was sentenced by High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo.

He told the man a harsh sentence was passed because although every court in the country was issuing severe sentences for the rape of children, rape cases continued to flood the courts.

The court heard the man claimed the victim was his biological daughter while the girl, who was raised by her mother, saw him while in his care only as her guardian.

The court heard that on July 26, 2012, the man, while his wife was in Suva, was alone in his home in a village with the victim and his then seven-year-old son.

It was on that day the man assaulted her.

A day later, the man raped the young girl. The following day the man again committed a sexual act on the victim.

He was charged with one count of rape, two of sexual assault and one of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The farmer was sentenced to 10 years for rape, four years each for the two counts of sexual assault and nine months for the assault causing actual bodily harm charge.

All sentences are concurrent to the 10-year imprisonment term.

The man was also given a non-parole period of eight years.

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