Father of 5 gets two years reduced for raping another woman
Michael Selwyn pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent.
The collective maximum penalty for rape is life imprisonment, however, 6 years was adopted as the starting point.
Mitigating circumstance are as follows: Early guilty plea, no previous conviction, married with 5 children, limited education and relies on gardening to support his family – 2 years and three months were deducted.
The end sentence is 3 years and 9 months’ imprisonment.
Uncle rapes 13-year-old niece
Asal Eloie pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual intercourse without consent to his 13-year-old niece.
The maximum sentence is life imprisonment. The sentence starting point was a term of 7 years imprisonment.
Mitigating circumstances are as follows: pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, 25 years old, single, a gardener, no previous convictions, claims he apologized and compensated the accuser at a peace ceremony. His end sentence is a term of 4 years and 4 months.
There is no possibility of suspending any/all of the sentence due to the seriousness and nature of the offending.
The end sentence is 4 years and 4 months.
16-year-old student guilty of indecency with 9-year-old cousin
Jeffery Love pleaded guilty to an act of indecency in early 2020 to his 9-year-old cousin.
The maximum penalty for act of indecency is 10 years imprisonment. The sentence start point was 4 years imprisonment.
Mitigating factors are as follows: early guilty plea, he’s 16 years old, a student, no previous convictions, performed a custom reconciliation ceremony.
The end sentence 18 months supervision and 80 hours community work.
19-year-old rapist gets suspended sentence because he’s young
Rennie Aining pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse and has been charged.
The maximum sentence for this offending is 10 years imprisonment. The sentence start point that was adopted, is 5 years imprisonment.
Mitigating circumstances are as follows: Prompt plea, no previous convictions, young and immature, lives with parents.
The end sentence is 2 years imprisonment. The Court suspend the sentence for 2 years because of Aining’s lack of previous convictions, his prompt plea and his youth and immaturity.
The end sentence is 12 months supervision and 80 hours community work.
Father of 5 charged with domestic violence
Harry Willie was re-arraigned on 23rd February 2021 after the charge of domestic violence was amended by the Prosecution. He pleaded guilty.
This offence carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of VT100, 000.
The Court set the start sentence for the defendant at 2 years imprisonment.
Mitigating circumstances are as follows: custom reconciliation, defendant’s unblemished record and that since 2017 when the offending occurred there has not been a recurrence.
He received a 2-year suspended sentence.
30-year-old masturbator sentenced
Clifford Palmer pleaded guilty to four counts of acts of indecency with a young person.
The collective maximum for act of indecency with a young person is 10 years imprisonment.
The start point for Palmer’s offending was 2 years and 6 months’ imprisonment, because there was no skin-on-skin contact.
The mitigating circumstances are as follows: Prompt pleas, 30 years old, married with a daughter, has good relations with the community and has no previous convictions.
The end sentence is 1 year and 9 months’ imprisonment.
Man kills girlfriend on Ambrym
Yaltun Rexley pleaded guilty to a charge of intentional assault causing death to late Junita Roger.
The maximum sentence for such offending is a term of 14 years imprisonment, however, the start point is 4 years and 6 months’ imprisonment.
Mitigating circumstances are as follows: pleaded guilty, no previous criminal convictions, custom reconciliation, remorseful to the police and in court.
The end sentence is 2 years and 8 months’ imprisonment.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST