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Supreme Court increases sentencing tariff for Child Rape

16:11 Fri Dec 07, 2018


Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Praneeta Prakash

The Supreme Court has increased the sentence of a convicted child rapist from 16-years imprisonment to 17-years and 9 months imprisonment following an appeal.

The man was convicted of raping and indecently assaulting his two biological daughters in their home.

The man had appealed against his sentence to have it reduced, however, after the State filed additional material showing an increase in the prevalence of child rape in Fiji, the Court agreed the sentence required an enhancement.

The sentence was to represent the denunciation of the Courts in the strongest terms.

The Court also agreed with the State that it was necessary to review the previous tariff of 10 to 16 years for child rape offences established in another matter.

The Court concluded the current tariff for child rape offences in Fiji is now 11 to 20 years imprisonment.

The Court also said that the tariff could be exceeded in particularly heinous cases such as that in State and Isoa Rainima earlier in the year where a 23-year sentence was imposed by the High Court.



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