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.