Updated: 6:43am – A 34-year-old man who raped his 15-year-old niece in Lautoka two years ago has been sentenced to 13-years and nine months imprisonment.

The court heard that on March 24th in 2015 the victim did not go to school because she was sick and in the afternoon the accused who was her paternal uncle called her on the mobile phone.

The man asked her to accompany him to town and assist him in doing a research for an assignment for his 16-year-old daughter.

While on their way to town the man dragged her into a cassava patch and raped her.

High court Judge Justice Sunil Sharma while sentencing the man said he deceived the victim.

Justice Sharma further said that rape not only destroys a woman’s soul but also shatters her self-respect and the hope to live a normal life.

The Judge also said the victim could not concentrate on her school work after the incident since she was psychologically affected.

The Judge said she also became suicidal and required counselling.

The man has a non- parole period of 10 years.


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