Man, 60, given 26 months jail time for indecent assault

ONE in five women have experienced some kind of sexual harassment in the workplace in Fiji and victims are reluctant to report about these incidents.

Nausori Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne said this was revealed in a study conducted by the Fiji Women’s Right Movement in 2016.

Magistrate Somaratne made this comment whilst sentencing a 60-year-old man to 26 months imprisonment for indecently assaulting a 17-year-old sales assistant who was working for him.

The incident occurred on December 5, 2015, in Nausori.

Magistrate Somaratne said some of the reasons highlighted by the report were that the victims were afraid of losing their jobs and also feared making enemies in the work place, hence they would suffer silently which would encourage the perpetrators to continue with their acts.

He adds that the man was absconding from the court after he was allowed to travel to New Zealand for employment matters.

He has ordered the prosecution to liaise with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and other relevant authorities and see the possibility of getting the man back to serve his sentence.

A non-parole period of 20 months has been set.