Brother jailed for incestuous rape

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A cane cutter who was convicted for raping his 15-year-old biological sister last year was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the High Court in Labasa yesterday.

While delivering sentence, Justice Daniel Goundar said the crime is so deplorable that the offender cannot escape a prison sentence.

“The court’s duty is to denounce the crime and impose a deterrent sentence,” Justice Goundar said.

“This is a case of incestuous rape of a sister by her biological brother. The offence amounts to domestic violence. At the relevant time the victim was a child. The offender was a grown up adult male and in a position of authority over the victim due to the vast age gap between them. Instead of protecting his sister, the offender violated her body for his own sexual gratification,” he said.

The court heard that the offender lured the victim to an isolated spot in the pretext of looking for fruits and committed the offence and used a knife when he committed the act.

The 34-year-old brother will serve eight years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

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