‘Cul­tural gap’ no ex­cuse for wife rapist: court

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

An Ira­nian im­mi­grant who regularly raped his wife and beat his chil­dren dur­ing their 16-year mar­riage is go­ing back to jail af­ter On­tario’s top court on Wed­nes­day in­creased his sen­tence.

In do­ing so, the Court of Ap­peal said the lower court judge who handed the man an 18month term was wrong to as­sume cul­tural dif­fer­ences were a mit­i­gat­ing fac­tor — even though the de­fence never raised the is­sue.

The man, who can­not be iden­ti­fied by court or­der to pro­tect his now ex-wife and chil­dren, will in­stead have to serve a four-year term, the Ap­peal Court de­cided.

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