Farmer cops 18 months jail term for indecent assault

A 50-YEAR-OLD farmer who pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Tailevu Magistrates Court.

While sentencing the man Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne said the 13-year-old victim was sexually abused in her home where she was supposed to be safe and protected.

The court heard that the man indecently assaulted his niece on two different occasions sometime in November, 2018, in a Village in Tailevu.

Magistrate Somaratne said not only was the man sexually abusing the victim but he was trying to offer her money for sex whilst knowing she was just a child.

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