Man charged with indecency over 2-year period

Ronie Vira was found guilty and convicted of 2 counts of sexual intercourse without consent and an act of indecency without consent.

Sexual intercourse without consent has a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum sentence for an act of indecency without consent is 7 years’ imprisonment. The sentence starting point of 10 years imprisonment, on a global concurrent basis.

The mitigating factors are as follows: 43 years old, no previous convictions, sole breadwinner, married to his wife for 15 years and has 3 children together, aged from 14 years of age down to one year.

The end sentence is 9 years and 6 months’ imprisonment. The court impose that on the 2 sexual intercourse charges concurrently. In respect of the act of indecency charge, he is sentence for 2 years 6 months’ imprisonment, to be served concurrently.

11-year-old girl raped by Relative

Roger Edgar pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual intercourse without consent and was convicted on his own plea and the admitted facts.

The maximum sentence available is life imprisonment. The factors set out require a sentence starting point of 8 years’ imprisonment.

The mitigating factors are as follows: 33 years old, married and has two children, no previous convictions, a gardener and builder and the defendant’s family performed a reconciliation ceremony on his behalf with the family of the victim raped.

The end sentence is 3 years and 10 months’ imprisonment.

Widower killed man over witchcraft allegations

Lonsdale Dinglespo pleaded guilty to one charge of premeditated intentional homicide and was convicted on his own plea and the admitted facts.

The maximum sentence provided is life imprisonment. The factors set out require a sentence starting point of 30 years’ imprisonment.

The mitigating factors are as follows: pleaded guilty, did not attend school, widowed with 3 children, 3 step-children and 4 grandchildren, no previous convictions and his family have performed a custom reconciliation ceremony with the deceased’s family.

Taking all of those matters into account, the end sentence that must be imposed is 19 years’ imprisonment.

Brother-in-law raped mother of 3

Valerien Koreh Rapoul was convicted after trial of one charge of sexual intercourse without consent.

The maximum sentence provided is life imprisonment. The factors set out require a sentence starting point of 7 years and 6 months’ imprisonment.

The mitigating factors are as follows: 35 years old, married and has 3 children, a gardener by occupation and earns income from copra, kava and livestock and has no previous convictions.

The end sentence imposed is 7 years and 4 months’ imprisonment.

60-year-old man charged for sexual abuse with a child

Kalmasei Daniel was charged two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, one count of acts of indecency with a young person and one count of domestic violence.

The maximum sentence for unlawful sexual intercourse is life imprisonment. The overall starting point of sentence is 8 years’ imprisonment to be concurrent.

The mitigating factors are as follows: early guilty plea, first time offender, bread winner in his family, a well-respected senior member of his community, an active member of his community both within the church as a Pastor and assisting the community with projects to earn income. His chiefs speak highly of him.

The end sentence on the lead offence is therefore 5 years’ imprisonment. For the act of indecency with a young person the defendant is sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment and for domestic violence, the defendant is sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment both to be served concurrently.

Father charged with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent

Obed Mariwotta was charged with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent. He was found guilty of both charges following a trial and is now appearing for sentencing.

The maximum sentence available for the offence of sexual intercourse without consent is life imprisonment. The starting point of sentence in this case is 8 years’ imprisonment, to be concurrent.

The mitigating factors are as follows: first time offender, married with three children, faithful and hardworking member of his community, his chief speaks highly of him, completed his education at class 6, bread winner in his family and as a farmer.

The end sentence is therefore 6 years’ imprisonment, to be served concurrently.

15-year-old girl raped

Hannington Tensely Aruhile pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent, threat to kill and domestic violence, two charges of acts of indecency without consent. He was convicted on his own pleas and the admitted facts.

The maximum sentences provided are: Sexual intercourse without consent – life imprisonment; Threat to kill – 15 years imprisonment; Act of indecency without consent – 7 years imprisonment; and Domestic violence – 5 years imprisonment or VT100, 000 fine or both.

The sentence starting point is 12 years’ imprisonment taking all the offending into account on a global basis.

The mitigating factors are as follows: pleaded guilty, 49 years old, in a de facto relationship, his partner is responsible for the children’s school fees, he is a bus driver, has no previous convictions and performed a custom reconciliation ceremony.

The end sentences imposed concurrently are: Sexual intercourse without consent (Count 1) – 7 years 9 months’ imprisonment; Threat to kill (Count 5) – 24 months imprisonment; Acts of indecency without consent (Counts 2 and 3) – 12 months’ imprisonment; and Domestic violence (Count 4) – 24 months imprisonment.


SOURCE: Vanuatu Daily Post