As­ses­sors give rape ver­dict for step­fa­ther

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - JES­SICA GOUNDER

All three as­ses­sors have found a step­fa­ther guilty of one count of rape and two counts each of in­de­cent assault. The mat­ter was called be­fore Jus­tice Achala Wen­gap­puli at the High Court in Suva yes­ter­day.

A 55-year-old step­fa­ther is al­leged to have raped and in­de­cently as­saulted his 11-year-old step-daugh­ter. The al­leged in­ci­dents oc­curred be­tween Jan­uary 1, 2004 and May 31, 2012. Jus­tice Wen­gap­puli said in court that the vic­tim had tes­ti­fied that the ac­cused al­legedly threat­ened her with a cane knife not to tell any­one about the in­ci­dent. The court will be hand­ing down its fi­nal ver­dict to­day.

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