Step-father gets 13 years for rape, indecent assault
A 55-year-old step-father will spend 13 years in jail for rape and indecent assault. The matter was called before Justice Achala Wengappuli in the High Court in Suva yesterday. Justice Wengappuli had concurred with the assessor’s decision on a guilty verdict. Between January 1, 2004 and May 31, 2012, the step-father indecently assaulted his 11-year-old step-daughter. He is sentenced to 13 years for rape and three years for indecent assault, which will be served concurrently. The non-parole period he received is 10 years. He has 30 days to appeal.