16th October 09:18 AM
Mute man to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to rape of 9yr old boy
By Jessica Savike
Wednesday 06/12/2017

A 22-year-old mute man who pleaded guilty for raping a 9-year-old boy will be sentenced next Wednesday.

The incident took place on 12th March this year in Navua.

Defence counsel Namrata Mishra informed the court that prior to being charged the accused was preparing for the Deaf Olympics as he is a part of the Fiji deaf rugby team.

She further states that the accused understands what he has done is wrong and he wants to move past it.

However state counsel Lavenia Bogitini states that the age difference between the accused and the victim is 13 years.

She adds that the offence was committed on a child while he was sleeping and he was awaken due to the accused’s act.

The matter was called before Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza.

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