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Pastor and wife mitigate for convicted man

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, April 24, 2014

A MAN who raped a young woman who had come to stay with his family on six occasions submitted his mitigation to the High Court in Suva yesterday.

The man was found not guilty of the six counts of rape by the assessors last week.

However, Justice Janaka Bandara overturned the opinion and convicted the man.

In mitigation, the man said he was remorseful and had a family to support.

In his mitigating submissions, defence counsel Michael Fesaitu said his client was aware the sentence submissions had been filed by the prosecution.

He said his client, the client's wife and their church pastor were going to address the court.

The church pastor informed the court the man was sorry for his actions and since then, had shown he had repented.

His wife told the court he had been a good husband and a father.

The man was charged by the police in 2012 for the six counts of rape.

The matter was reported to the police by the young woman's family after it was noticed she was pregnant.

The man has been taken into custody and will be sentenced next week.








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