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14 years in jail for rape

Shayal Devi
Saturday, August 23, 2014

A 48-YEAR-OLD unemployed man of a village in Sigatoka has been sentenced to 14 years in jail by the High Court in Lautoka for the rape of his seven-year-old relative in March this year.

Judge Justice Sudharshana De Silva imposed a non-parole period of 13 years.

Justice De Silva said the man had breached the trust of the victim.

He said one of the aggravating factors was the victim's age, as the age gap between the man and the victim was considerable.

"You have had a lack of remorse, you let the victim relive the experience in court, you took advantage of the victim's vulnerability and disregarded the victim's safety and well-being," he said.

The man has been in remand from March 10 to August 21.

"Having considered the domestic nature of the relationship you had with the victim, I order a permanent domestic violence restraining order in place, identifying the victim as the protected person.

"You are hereby ordered not to have any contact with the victim directly or by any other means unless otherwise directed by this court."

He has 30 days to appeal.

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