Father jailed 15 years for raping daughter
A MAN who raped his daughter and committed other sexual offences on her was today termed by the High Court in Labasa as a sexual savage and jailed for 15 years.
The man, now 34 years old, was convicted by judge Justice Paul Madigan for one count of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault, two counts of rape and one count of representative rape.
The complainant had for most of her life lived with her maternal grandparents while her parents and three brothers lived separately in various locations.
In the school holidays she would visit and stay with her parents wherever they were living and it was on these occasions that the offences took place.
The court heard that in 2008 when the complainant was six years old, the accused removed her clothes and touched her breasts and genitals.
In 2012, the accused did the same but in this year, he had full sexual intercourse with her.
During her stays in 2013, the accused raped his daughter repeatedly and sometimes as much as three times a day every day.
Justice Madigan said the accused took advantage of the fact that the complainant’s mother worked long hours from before dawn until evening and was hardly ever at home.
He said the accused would send the boys outside so that the two of them were alone.
In the school holidays of 2014, the accused again raped the complainant.
“She was overwhelmed by her father’s authority and anger if she tried to protest. At one stage he told her that he would kill her if she told anybody what was happening,” said Justice Madigan.
The complainant eventually told an aunt about the abuse and police were informed.
Justice Madigan said the most obvious aggravating feature was the utter breach of trust and betrayal of a father-daughter relationship.
“A father should be in the position of directing his child in her progress to maturity and by constantly sexually assaulting her, her progress is irretrievably impeded,” he said.
“It is also aggravating that she should be assaulted in the continual absence of her mother and brothers, left alone to the whims of this sexual savage.”
Justice Madigan sentenced the accused to 15 years for the offences and ordered that he serve a minimum of 12 years imprisonment before being eligible for parole.
Source : Fiji Connect Lounge. 5/11/16