ODPP seeks expert advice

A CLINICAL professor from Stanford University has described a recent rape case in Fiji as inhumane.

Doctor Daryn Reicherter, the director of the Human Rights in Trauma and Mental Health Program and a clinical professor at the Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences was invited by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to give expert evidence in the case involving a father who raped and impregnated his daughter and had also raped his 10-year-old granddaughter.

Dr Reicherter said the case was about a man who wanted to destroy the lives of two women without any hesitation.

He said he had never come across such a case and he even had difficulties trying to discuss it with his colleagues and those who had dealt with similar cases internationally.

The man was convicted of seven representative counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault.

The incidents took place over a thirty-year period from 1982 to 2013 and involved more than 400 sexual assaults on his daughter.

Dr Reicherter added the case was one of the worst he had ever seen and said both victims in this case had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and showed severe anxiety symptoms and chronic suicidal thoughts. and behaviour.

He said that people who were raped by their fathers and grandfathers had severe traumatic reactions that were chronic throughout their lives.

The man will be sentenced on November 13.

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