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Rapist cops 13 years

Litia Cava
Saturday, March 03, 2018

A MAN who raped and sexually assaulted his stepsister was told by the High Court that his act would impact the victim socially and psychologically in her lifetime.

The 33-year-old man was yesterday sentenced to 13 years for raping his five-year-old stepsister at their home in Suva on September last year.

He was charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe, while delivering his sentence, told the accused that children were most vulnerable at that age and he took advantage of the child.

The court was told that the accused committed the offence when the complainant was alone at home.

Justice Rajasinghe said the offence was serious in nature.

He said the sentence was designed in a manner to protect the community from violent offenders and to deter other would-be offenders.

After considering the time spent by the convicted man in custody, he sentenced the man to 13 years and seven-months. He will be eligible for parole after serving 11 years and seven-months in prison.

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