Rapist sentenced to 13 years in prison

A 34-year-old Lautoka man has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars for raping his 15-year-old niece in 2015.

According to the High Court, the man lured the victim to accompany him to town to assist him in a research for his 16-year-old daughter.

The accused waited for the Year 9 student at a roadside near her home and walked with her before dragging her into a nearby cassava plantation.

The victim was pinned to the ground by the accused before she was raped.

After a struggle, the victim managed to escape and ran to her home where she told her aunt what had happened.

In sentencing, High Court judge Justice Sunil Sharma said the victim was innocent and vulnerable.

“The accused took advantage of this by deceiving the victim into believing that he required her to help him do a research assignment for his daughter,” said Justice Sharma.

“There is also a certain degree of planning by the accused in this regard.

“As per the victim impact statement in court, the victim could not concentrate in school work after the incident since she was psychologically affected and at one time, she had become suicidal requiring counselling.”

He said the accused had clearly breached the trust of his niece.

“This court will be failing in its duty if a deterrent sentence was not imposed. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

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