66-Year-Old Jailed For Nearly 12 Years For Raping Minor
A 66-year-old man was yesterday jailed for 11 years, 11 months and 15 days for the rape and abduction of a 12-year-old girl.
Surya Deo Sharma Deo, 66, was charged with one count each of rape and abduction with the intent to have carnal knowledge.
The incident occurred on September 6, 2014.
Deo abducted the girl while she was on her way home and took her to his residence and raped her.
Judge Justice Vincent Perera said: “The victim impact statement states that the victim’s studies have been affected and you exploited the victim’s vulnerability.”
For mitigating factors, the court heard that Deo was a sickly man, he was remorseful for his act and was also a community worker.
Justice Perera said: “Ill-health cannot become a licence for crime.”
The age gap between the victim and Deo was of 52 years.
His non-parole period is eight years, 11 months and 15 days.
Source : fijisun.com.fj