Judge: Man who raped girl exploited her naivety

A 39-year-old man who raped a 15-year-old girl exploited her naivety, says High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo.

He said this while sentencing the man to 11 years imprisonment for two counts of rape in an incident that occurred in September 2020.

The court heard the man took the Year 8 student and her friends to his house to drink Chinese Whiskey.

During the trial, the complainant said she knocked out after about six or seven glasses and woke up to find the accused undressing her, and despite her protests, raped her. He was found guilty and convicted on July 29.

Justice Temo sentenced him to 11 years imprisonment for each count, to be served concurrently, with a non-parole period of nine years.

In another case, Justice Temo sentenced a man, also charged with two counts of rape in May 2020, to eight years imprisonment.

The court heard the 18-year-old complainant had a fight with her boyfriend and was walking towards Vunidawa Police Station when she met a man on the road who took her to the accused’s home and left her there.

The accused offered a plate of food and a place to rest when he asked her for sex.

She refused, and he forced himself on her.

She later walked to Vunidawa Police Station and reported the matter.

He was found guilty and convicted on July 29.

Justice Temo sentenced him to eight years imprisonment for each count, to be served concurrently, with a non-parole period of six years.

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