Man cops 10 years for rape

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RAPE is one of the most humiliating and distressing crimes.

High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said this while sentencing a man yesterday at the High Court in Labasa  to 10 years after being convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl in 2005

“It becomes more serious when it is involved with a juvenile victim and the perpetrator is closely known to the complainant,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

“Hence, I find the rape in this nature is a very serious crime.

“In this case, the complainant was sexually abused by a person who is known to her. This form of sexual exploitation of children by the known adult is a serious offence,” he said.

In view of the seriousness of this offence, it is my opinion that such offenders must be dealt with severe and harsh punishment.

“Hence, the purpose of this sentence is founded on the principle of deterrence and protection of community.

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