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Man convicted of raping own sister loses appeal

May 3, 2018 6:27 pm

A former police officer who raped his biological sister and was handed down an 8 year prison term in 2013 has lost his appeal.

The man was initially sentenced to 8-years imprisonment, however, the Nasinu Magistrates Court had partially suspended the sentence.

He was ordered imprisonment at the Corrections Center for the weekends only.

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The sentence was later quashed and he was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.

The man appealed on the grounds that the sentence was harsh and excessive.

The Appeals Court Judges said that the earlier suspended sentence was clearly an incorrect sentence as the Penal code only permitted the suspension of the sentences of imprisonment where the term is not for more than 2 years.

The Appeals Court Judges refused the appeal and the sentence of 8 years imprisonment with a non- parole period of 7 years was affirmed.

The former police officer was celebrating with his friends a rugby match win and was heavily intoxicated.

He heard rumors regarding an affair she was having and questioned her about it, following which the man locked his sister inside a bedroom for three hours and raped her.

While giving evidence in court the man had said that he did remember having sex with somebody but could not remember with whom.

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