Man cops 17 years for rape
17:36 Fri Mar 15, 2013
Report by: Dev Narayan
Suva High Court Judge, Justice Salesi Temo has sentenced a man to 17 years imprisonment for raping his daughter.
In his ruling, Justice Temo described the case as the worst parental abuse case that he has come across in the 19-years that he has served on the bench.
Justice Temo also said the sentence should serve as a warning to fathers who want to abuse their daughters in the way the accused did.
The 37-year old father of three children was found guilty of five counts of rape and two of indecent assault.
The man whose name has been permanently suppressed systematically indecently assaulted and raped his daughter from 2004 to November 2011.
Justice Temo told the accused that he unashamedly committed these crimes in the comforts of his own home, mostly in his daughter’s bedroom.
The rapes stopped when the daughter was found to be suffering from cancer and that she was 20-weeks pregnant, carrying her own father’s child in 2011.
It was then with support from the mother and doctors, that the matter was reported to the police.
The court heard the accused has three children aged between four years and 16 years.
He also apologised to his wife, children, family and the court.
The court has ordered a non-parole period of 16-years imprisonment.