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Grandfather found guilty

Litia Cava
Saturday, January 27, 2018

A MAN who was alleged to have raped his seven-year-old granddaughter was found guilty of one count of sexual assault by High Court judge, Justice Vinsent Perera yesterday.

Justice Perera acquitted the 65-year-old grandfather of one count of sexual assault and one count of rape.

The man was charged with one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault. He overturned the unanimous guilty opinion of the three assessors who found him guilty on all three charges.

State lawyer Swastika Sharma said the aggravating factors for the case were the victim was only seven years old, the age difference of the convicted person and the victim was 52 years and that the defendant had completely taken advantage of the victim's vulnerability.

Justice Perera will deliver his sentence on Monday.

Defence counsel Filimoni Vosarogo in his submission said the accused was married with one child and that he had been in remand for five months.

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