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Rapist jailed

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A MAN has been jailed for nine years by the Suva Magistrates Court after he was found guilty of raping a woman five years ago.

Magistrate Hettiaattage Somaratne said the 35-year-old man took advantage of the woman's vulnerability and dragged her to a park where he and another person committed the offence.

In mitigation, the accused said he was remorseful and sought forgiveness from the court, adding that he looks after his mother and other family members.

The court was told the accused was not a first time offender and was serving a same prison term for a similar offence.

The court ordered that he serve a nine-year sentence to be served concurrently with his current sentence.

He was also given 28 days to appeal the sentence.

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