Rapist driver to spend 11 years in prison

“THE court will not tolerate any abuse on children — the future of this country.”

These were the words of High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo while sentencing a 35-year-old man to 11 years imprisonment for raping a student.

The incident happened in September 2016 at Suva Point.

The High Court yesterday heard the man was married with three young daughters and drove taxis with the complainant’s father and knew the family well.

“The complainant was 16 years old at the time of the incident and you befriended her, drove her around in your taxi and won her confidence and even bought her a mobile phone to access her,” Justice Temo said.

“Despite her father’s opposition in you having the relationship with his daughter, you took her in your taxi to Suva Point and forced yourself on her.

“You knew there was a 17 years age gap between you and the complainant and you encouraged her naivety by proposing to be her boyfriend.

“You took her to Suva Point, and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.”

In passing sentence, he also told the taxidriver, the complainant was 16 years old at the time of incident and was still a child under the 2013 Constitution.

The man will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years and has been given 30 days to appeal the ruling.

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