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43-year-old sentenced for rape of 8-year-old

May 3, 2018 4:47 am

A 43-year-old farmer who raped an 8-year-old girl in 2016 has been sentenced to 12 years and 11 months by the Lautoka High Court.

The incident occurred on 6th October in 2016 in Rakiraki.

The 8-year-old was playing with her cousin when the man who was the victim’s grand uncle came and grabbed her hand and pulled her towards a creek and raped her.

The court heard that the accused ran away, when the victim’s grandmother started calling her.

The victim went to her grandmother crying and informed her about the incident.

Lautoka High court Judge Justice Aruna Aluthge said that rape of children is very prevalent in the society.

Justice Aluthge said that the Courts and the society cannot condone any form of sexual assault on children and must be denounced to save children for their own future.

The man will be eligible for parole after serving 10-years in prison.