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Jail for rapist stepfather

Shayal Devi
Saturday, May 17, 2014

A 44-YEAR-OLD Nadi man who raped his 16-year-old stepdaughter on two occasions was jailed for 11 years.

The man appeared before Justice Sudharshana De Silva at the High Court in Lautoka on Thursday, charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of rape.

The court was told the accused had first sexually assaulted the victim in June 2012 and was confronted by her mother.

The accused admitted to sexually assaulting the victim and then presented yaqona in a traditional apology to the victim the following night.

He then raped the victim on two occasions in January last year.

"The victim had never consented to the act of sexual intercourse on both occasions," Justice De Silva said.

"The accused was always possessive of the victim and became verbally and physically abusive if he saw her talking to boys."

The victim told her aunt about the incident and her family reported the matter to police.

Justice De Silva told the man he had breached the trust between a stepdaughter and a father.

"You made her be removed from her mother to the care of social welfare and have traumatised the life of the victim."

A permanent domestic violence restraining order was issued and the accused would not be eligible for parole until he has served 10 years in prison.

He has 30 days to appeal the sentence.

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