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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.

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