Fiji Time: 6:28 AM on Sunday 29 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62590.6069
JPY 58.270455.2704
GBP 0.31140.3034
EUR 0.44340.4314
NZD 0.72230.6893
AUD 0.65460.6296
USD 0.47290.4559



Exchange Rate updated on 27th November 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 7s with a smile
  2. Former CEO recalls days of sunken vessel
  3. 'Ship was fit to sail'
  4. Give them this day their daily bread
  5. Tears of joy as Tubalagi graduates
  6. Roadworks to end soon
  7. Bridges to run a century
  8. No leakage of diesel from sunken ship
  9. Nadolo to join Top 14
  10. PS confirms oil volume

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. 8 years for raping man Tuesday (24 Nov)
  4. MV Suilven sinks in Suva Harbour Tuesday (24 Nov)
  5. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  6. 'Racial slur' Sunday (22 Nov)
  7. Friend indeed Monday (23 Nov)
  8. Sevens hurdle Tuesday (24 Nov)
  9. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  10. Prof Prasad leaves school premises as 'mark of respect' Monday (23 Nov)