“Callous” rape earns five year sentence

A Supreme Court judge has described the rape of a pregnant woman last year as a “predatory and callous” crime.

Handing down a five year sentence to Paneti Sa, 17, Hon. Justice Cato said the trauma of the rape had seriously   affected   both the complainant and her  husband. He said the baby had not been harmed.

“I have listened to the complainant  in Court,  as she bravely recounted her experience and said she  forgave   the complainant, and indeed asked for leniency for  him.

“Some gifts have been made by the family in the Tongan way,” the judge said.

Hon. Justice Cato said the prisoner knew the woman was pregnant and that her children were nearby. He also used a knife to intimidate her.

Sa was also sentenced to three years for housebreaking. The sentence will be served at the same time as the penalty for rape.

The rape took place on September 25 last year.

The judge said the prisoner’s apology had been accepted.

The final 1 month of Sa’s sentence has been remitted on condition that he lives where directed by his probation officer, does not to drink alcohol and attends courses on drug and alcohol rehabilitation and in relation to the sexual abuse of women.

The main points

  • Paneti Sa, 17, has been sentenced to five years in prison for what a Supreme Court judge decribed as a “predatory and callous” crime.
  • Sa raped a pregnant woman on September 25 last year.
  • Justice Cato said the trauma of the rape had seriously affected   the  complainant   and  her  husband.
  • The baby had not been harmed.

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