Man cops 14 years jail term for raping teenager
6 July, 2019, 12:20 pm
A 25-YEAR-OLD man was jailed for 14 years 11 months after the High Court in Lautoka convicted him of raping a 16-year-old teenager in 2015.
The villager was guilty of attacking the young girl near a community hall while she was on her way to retrieve the family laundry.
According to the court, the teen was dragged by her attacker into the community hall where he raped her.
In sentencing, judge Justice Sunil Sharma said the rape of a child was one of the most serious forms of sexual violence and offenders should be dealt with severely and “there was no two ways about it”.
“Children are entitled to live their lives free from any form of physical or emotional abuse,” he said.
“When an accused sexually abuses a child, they should expect condign punishment to mark the society’s outrage and denunciation against such conduct.
“A long-term imprisonment becomes inevitable in such situations.”
The accused was given 30 days to appeal the sentence.