Elderly man convicted of rape; sentencing tomorrow

A 66-YEAR-old granduncle convicted of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault will be sentenced tomorrow.

The man had raped his eight-year-old grandniece on February 11, 2017, in Navua.

During the one week trial, the victim, her mother and a doctor had testified in court, which High Court judge Justice Vincent Perera found credible.

Meanwhile, the defence lawyer had asked the court to give the man a sentence on the lower end of the tarriff, which is 10 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of six years, because he was the only person looking after his sickly wife.

He has been remanded in custody.

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