Fiji Time: 9:22 PM on Saturday 28 March

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.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fiji start Hong Kong 7s with comfy win
  2. NZ take first step to defending Hong Kong sevens title
  3. Record Hong Kong kicks off with a bang
  4. Medical error
  5. Province plans to visit sons, chief
  6. DJs in the city
  7. ITaukei inmates top numbers
  8. Dining hall brings sense of comfort
  9. Lions down Reds 18-17 in Super Rugby
  10. Hurricanes beat Rebels for 6th rugby win

Top Stories this Week

  1. Miracle baby Sunday (22 Mar)
  2. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  3. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection Friday (27 Mar)
  4. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  5. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  6. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  7. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)
  8. HK 7s risk Thursday (26 Mar)
  9. Fiji 7s inspires college in win Wednesday (25 Mar)
  10. Strong start Friday (27 Mar)