Mum Gets 13-Year-Term For Rape Of Daugh­ter

Fiji Sun - - Comment - FONUA TALEI Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Suva High Court Judge Jus­tice Salesi Temo yes­ter­day sen­tenced a 45-year-old woman to 13 years im­pris­on­ment for rap­ing her bi­o­log­i­cal daugh­ter about 20 times at their home in Nakasi, Nas­inu.

In sen­tenc­ing the woman Jus­tice Temo strongly told the woman that what she had done was not nat­u­ral and “where even an­gels fear to tread.” “Mothers are sup­posed to look af­ter and care for their daugh­ters. They are sup­posed to coun­sel their daugh­ters to be­come good cit­i­zens of to­mor­row,” Jus­tice Temo said.

“Daugh­ters look to their mothers as role mod­els. They look to their mothers for se­cu­rity, com­fort and guid­ance.” Jus­tice Temo told the woman she did the un­think­able by rap­ing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her 14-year-old bi­o­log­i­cal daugh­ter be­tween Jan­uary 1 and July 5 last year.

At the time of the al­leged of­fend­ing the woman was re­sid­ing with her three sons aged 24-years-old, 21-years-old and eight years old and her daugh­ter.

The al­leged of­fence used to hap­pen when the woman was at home alone with her teenage daugh­ter.

The woman was sen­tenced to four years im­pris­on­ment for sex­ual as­sault where both jail terms are to be served con­cur­rently.

She was found guilty by Suva High Court Judge Jus­tice Salesi Temo on Mon­day Novem­ber 13 and was con­victed.

While de­liv­er­ing his sen­tence, Jus­tice Temo told the mother of four not to com­plain when her lib­erty was taken away to atone for her crimes.

He said the woman did the un­think­able when she breached the trust her only daugh­ter had placed on her by sex­u­ally abus­ing her.

“You sex­u­ally abused your daugh­ter while pen­e­trat­ing her with your tongue and fondling her breasts about 20 times be­tween Jan­uary 1 and July 5, 2016. This was a se­ri­ous breach of moth­erly trust,” Jus­tice Temo said.

He said the case was the first of its kind to be tried be­fore the Fiji courts. “The court has said in the past and will say again that it will not tol­er­ate the abuse of chil­dren, the fu­ture of this coun­try. We will keep on pass­ing long prison sen­tences as a warn­ing to would-be child rapists,” he said.

“While of­fend­ing against the com­plainant you had no re­gard for her rights as a child, no re­gard for her rights as a hu­man be­ing and no re­gard for her right to live a peace­ful and happy life.”

Jus­tice Temo said that the rape of chil­dren was al­ways a se­ri­ous mat­ter and sen­tences passed were de­signed to sig­nify that the court and the com­mu­nity de­nounce the act.

He or­dered the woman to serve 12 years of her sen­tence be­fore she was el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

She was a first of­fender.

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