Mum Gets 13-Year-Term For Rape Of Daughter
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.