A man has been found guilty of sexual intercourse without consent, contrary to the Penal Code Act [CAP 135].

Sexual intercourse without consent is a very serious crime under the Act, as it carries a penalty of lifetime imprisonment.

Kati Sam Katena was charged for sexual intercourse without consent in 2011, almost 11 years ago. Katena had intercourse with a woman, without her consent at Freswota area in Port Vila.

According to the verdict of September 2nd, 2022 the victim is Katena’s ‘custom woman’. The accused sexually assaulted her as revenge for marrying another man instead of him.

He threatened to kill her if she reports him. She feared for her life and did not report the matter immediately.

Medical evidence showed the complainant was traumatized by the incident.

Judge Dudley Aru of the Supreme Court rejected the accused’s bare denial of the incident and his threatening against the complainant.

He declared Katena guilty as charged.