Fiji Time: 7:51 AM on Wednesday 29 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Grandpa guilty of rape

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

THE High Court in Suva convicted a man of the rape of his four-year-old granddaughter.

Three assessors retired to give their opinion on Friday and came back an hour later with an unanimous guilty opinion.

Justice Janaka Bandara said the court, after assessing all evidence, concurred with the assessors' decision.

"Having considered the entirety of evidence, especially the evidence given by the victim, coupled with the testimony of the doctor who examined her after the alleged sexual act, the court is pretty much convinced that the complainant being a six-year-old girl now, narrated the truth.

"Nevertheless, the testimony of the complainant's mother is full of contradictions and improbabilities.

"Her evidence does not shed any light to the prosecution case.

"On the other hand, you admitted the presence of the child on the bed at the material time, even though in a different context.

"Your wife had not seen this episode at all.

"In the light of the above, this court concurs with the unanimous opinion of the assessors and finds you guilty to the count of rape."

The man will be sentenced this week.





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 Airways logo designer dies at her home
  2. Fijians' test of faith
  3. Expensive destination
  4. Forum will miss Fiji
  5. Players fight for spot
  6. Fijians can still be part of proposals
  7. 'No' to review
  8. Police warning for vigilantes
  9. Police probe complaint
  10. Assault cases on the rise

Top Stories this Week

  1. Wrong body for burial Thursday (23 Apr)
  2. Children watch senseless beating Monday (27 Apr)
  3. Hunt for terrorist Thursday (23 Apr)
  4. Fatal night out Monday (27 Apr)
  5. Man found unconscious, pronounced dead Sunday (26 Apr)
  6. PM's office receives 1000 complaints Thursday (23 Apr)
  7. Rights over freehold land Wednesday (22 Apr)
  8. Fiji Airways logo designer dies at her home Tuesday (28 Apr)
  9. Principals fret over school meet Friday (24 Apr)
  10. Fijians' test of faith Tuesday (28 Apr)