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Jail for rapist

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A SUVA taxidriver was sentenced yesterday to eight years in jail for raping a female co-worker in 2011.

In his sentencing, High Court judge Justice Janaka Bandara told the man he had breached the trust of a co-worker by forcing her to have sex with him.

He said according to the facts of the case, the man and the complainant knew each other because he was a taxidriver and she was a base controller.

Justice Bandara said the man and the complainant started drinking alcohol on March 4, 2011, and the party continued until the next day.

He said the two then got into a taxi and went to the man's nephew's house.

The judge said the man then forced the woman to come into the house with him by taking her bag with him.

He said it was there that the man raped the complainant.

He said although the man and the complainant had had sex before, this was an occasion where the complainant had not consented.

Justice Bandara said during the course of the trial, the man had shown no remorse.

He added he was considering the mitigating factors given by the counsel but the aggravating factors outweighed them.

The man has to serve six years before becoming eligible for parole.


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