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2 years for defilement

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, March 06, 2014

A 41-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in jail for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The High Court in Suva told the accused he was considered by the victim as a neighbour who resided in the same area at Nabua.

Justice Prabharan Kumararatnam said it was a relationship of trust that was breached by the accused.

"The accused completely disregarded clearly defined societal, religious and traditional rules that prohibits sexual relations with minor girls," he said.

"The age gap between the accused and the victim is 25 years.

"The lack of remorse demonstrated by the accused person for what the victim has suffered emotionally and physically due to this incident."

According to the facts of the offence, the girl was alone at home when she was invited by the neighbour to watch a movie.

The court was told the pair engaged in sex during this time.

The accused was initially charged with rape but found not guilty, however, he was convicted of defilement.

Justice Kumararatnam said the sentence must be designed to protect young girls who had entered puberty and experiencing social and hormonal changes, from sexual exploitation.

The accused becomes eligible for parole after serving 22 months.





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