Incest and violence charges lead to long sentence in Supreme Court

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Kaniva Tonga

A father has been sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison after being convicted of incest, sexual assault and domestic violence.

The offences took place between December 2016 and January 2017.

In his report on the trial, Hon Justice Cato said the acts had been carried out on the man’s daughter.

The prisoner was married with three children. He lived in the former family home. He had  two other children including the complainant, by his first marriage.

He had a number of convictions for dishonesty dating back to 1992, several for housebreaking and theft including one in 1998 when he received an eight year sentence.

He also had one conviction for growing Indian hemp and possession.

In 2007, he was again convicted of theft and manslaughter by negligence for which he was sentenced  to  three  and half years imprisonment.

He had committed four acts of incest, the first of which occurred while his wife was asleep in the next room.

He had threatened to beat her if she did not smoke methamphetamine, strangled her and threatened to disfigure her with a pair of scissors.

“The  impression I got at trial was that he was an authoritarian, dominating personality, not without cunning and able to present a more affable  personality  when required,” Hon. Justice Cato said.

“The complainant was put through a frightening and humiliating experience.

“I do not consider there are any  mitigating  features. The prisoner in his probation report and again at sentence did not improve his position by continuing to maintain his denial.”

The main points

  • The Supreme Court has been sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison after being convicted of incest, sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • The acts had been carried out on the man’s daughter.
  • The man had also beaten and strangled her.
  • The judge said his daughter had been through a frightening and humiliating experience.

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