Fiji Time: 2:13 AM on Tuesday 25 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

13 years for rape of cousin

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, April 17, 2014

A YOUNG man was sentenced to 13 years in jail yesterday for raping his nine-year-old cousin last year.

The 21-year-old was convicted by the High Court in Suva last week after a trial where the assessors unanimously found him guilty.

Justice Paul Madigan said the facts of the case stated that in 2012, the young man, who was 20 years old then, took his cousin to his house.

He said the man then secured his house and raped the nine-year-old.

The judge said the girl informed an older cousin of the rape at the end of the year and the matter was then reported to police. Justice Madigan said the accused was remorseful and had told the court he no longer posed any threat to the complainant or her siblings.

He said the rape of a child was a heinous crime and the Fiji Court of Appeal had ruled that jail for such crimes should be between 10 and 15 years.

Justice Madigan said he was taking 12 years as a starting point and added four years considering the breach of trust and the age of the complainant.

He said three years was reduced because of the remorse shown by the accused.

The judge said the young man was sentenced to 13 years in jail and had to serve 11 years before being considered 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 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hunt on for sex assault suspect
  2. Drop in roll
  3. Fiji pearls make history
  4. Villagers fear for safety
  5. Abuse on the streets
  6. Teenager finds body in a creek
  7. Village diving expedition turns tragic
  8. Villagers turn to sea cucumbers for income
  9. Alleged robber charged
  10. Year 13 exam starts

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  4. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  7. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  8. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  9. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  10. Fijians at heart Wednesday (19 Oct)