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Man with hearing impairment jailed for sexual assault

11:16 Thu Dec 14, 2017


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Report by: Tokasa Rainima

A twenty-two-year old man of Navua who has hearing impairment has been sentenced to nine years and eleven and a half months by the Suva High Court, after he pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault of a child under the age of thirteen years.

The victim, a nine year old boy is the neighbour of the accused.
The offence occurred on March 12th, this year when the accused visited the victim’s house and asked an aunt to sleep over.

High Court Judge, Justice Riyaz Hamza while sentencing the accused said that he was a neighbour and that he had breached the trust of the child.

He also highlighted that the offence was committed when the victim was asleep, and he had exposed the innocent mind of a child to a sexual activity, at such a tender age.

The man will be eligible for parole, after serving five years and eleven and a half months in jail.



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