THE High Court in Suva sentenced a 40-year-old man to 14 years in jail for raping his step daughter on three different occasions.
The man was charged with three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault and while he pleaded guilty to the assault charges, he denied raping the victim.
But after a week-long trial the assessors returned an unanimous guilty opinion which Justice Salesi Temo concurred with.
According to the facts of the case, the man had moved in with his partner and her three daughters from a previous marriage.
The court was told the man started sexually assaulting the youngest girl from when she was 11 years old by fondling her breasts.
The court said this later proceeded to rape. The man then raped the young girl on three different occasions.
Justice Temo said the man acted like a monster, preying on the girl when he should have been protecting her.
He said this showed a serious breach of trust because the accused was the closest thing the young complainant had to a father.
Justice Temo said the man would become eligible for parole only after serving 13 years because his actions were very serious.