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Court jails three for rape

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, May 10, 2014

THREE men were given jail time by the High Court in Suva on Thursday for raping children over a period of time.

Atama Verevou, 20, who was convicted of raping a seven-year-old boy in 2008 was given two years imprisonment for this count.

For this crime, he was convicted under the Criminal Penal Code.

For sexually assaulting two other boys aged nine and 11, he was sentenced to four years and five years on each of the counts, to be served concurrently.

The court ordered that the sentences for the sexual assault and the unnatural offence be served consecutively, a total of seven years.

Miniuse Rarasea, 26, was sentenced to 14 years for raping a boy while Epineri Lata, 20, was given 13 years.

The latter two were charged under the Crimes Decree.

Justice Paul Madigan told Verevou that although he was the one taking a principal role in the crime, it was unfortunate the charges were not placed properly.

Justice Madigan said there were names of other boys mentioned in Verevou's caution interview for which charges had not been laid.

He said the crime committed against the children had left them psychologically scarred and the victims have had problems dealing with the matter socially.

He said the victims in this case lived in fear because the perpetrators, being the elders, committed crimes against the children to satisfy their sexual urges.

Justice Madigan said the defence counsel's submissions that the three offenders be given suspended sentences for raping children was absurd and unreal.

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