LABASA – A 53 year old man who raped a 9 year old boy will be spending the next 12 years in prison after he was convicted of one count of rape in the Labasa High court.
High Court Judge Justice, Daniel Goundar while sentencing the man said that the 9 year old boy considered him as a grandfather who had a responsibility to protect the child but instead sexually violated and breached his trust.
Judge Goundar also said that sexual offences against children are becoming too prevalent in the society and most of these offences are committed by persons who are in position of trust.
Justice Goundar picked 10 years as starting point of the sentence and increased it to 14 years to reflect the aggravating factors but reduced to two years to reflect the mitigating factors.
The 53 year old man was then sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and ordered that he serve 10 years before being eligible for parole.
Justice Goundar has also recommended counseling for the child to be arranged by the Social Welfare Ministry.