11-Years In Jail For Child Rapist

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SUVA – Sexual offences against children have become too prevalent and harsh sentences were meted out in the hope it would send out a clear message to would be perpetrators that children are to be protected from such unrestrained immorality.

These were the words of High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan as he imposed a 11-year sentence on a 57-year old man convicted of raping a nine-year old girl last year.

Justice Madigan said the maximum penalty for rape was life imprisonment and the courts had recently handed down very heavy sentences on offenders against children.

He ordered the former security officer to serve nine years before being eligible for parole.

The High Court in Lautoka heard that in March last year, as a relative of the victim’s father, the accused lived with the family. The victim and her elder brother were left in his care on March 14 while the mother left home to visit the father in hospital.

The boy asked the accused to sleep on the mattress with them as his mother had not yet returned. The accused blew out the candle and joined them on the mattress. The boy told the victim to lie in the middle between him and the accused. While lying down the accused pulled down the girls’ panties and indecently invaded her. The victim felt pain and tried to push his hand away, however the accused persisted.

The next morning the young girl related the incident to her her mother. The accused was chased from the house and the police were informed.

Justice Madigan said mitigating features in favour of the accused included an early plea which relieved the victim of reliving her ordeal.

He also said a senior pastor of the Harvest Evangelical Church and a letter from the parish priest of the Lautoka Catholic Church attested to the accused’s good character.

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