Tariffs for rape cases can be exceeded: Gates
January 21, 2019 6:40 am
The courts have been given the green light to exceed tariffs for rape to more than 20 years if there are aggravating factors.
This as there has been an alarming increase in sexual assault and rape cases involving children.
The current maximum rape sentence is life imprisonment however, Chief Justice Anthony Gates says if one is convicted for rape with aggravating factors than the accused may spend over two decades in prison.
With child rape including sexual assault involving our future generation becoming an extremely sickening trend in the country, Gates says this has raised many questions on what more can be done to punish the culprits.
“Tariffs for child rape has gone up from 11 years to 20 years and the courts have also said if it’s a really bad case with aggravating factors, the tariffs may be exceeded.”
The recent rape and Sexual Offenses Statistic released by the DPP revealed that six people were charged last month with ten counts of separate incidences.
The six victims that were involved were all under the age of 18.