A man was sentenced to almost 5 years in jail for having sexual intercourse with his wife’s 15-year old sister.
Keith Loren was caught by his wife trying to force the victim to give him oral sex. In 2019, he had sexual intercourse with the victim when they went to the beach looking for fish. They had sexual intercourse again when they went to harvest yam at the garden. Similar conducts was repeated until 2020.
In 2020, Loren tried to force the teen into giving him oral sex again whilst cracking nangai nuts, but his wife caught him.
Loren was 20 years older than the victim.
He pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a child and also for committing an act of indecency with the same child victim.
The maximum penalty for unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under care or protection is 10 years, and committing an act of indecency without consent 7 years.
Loren was given a sentence starting point of 6 years for the two offences. His sentence was reduced at 33% for his guilty plea and a smaller discount for other factors. He has expressed remorse and is a first time offender. The court has also taken into consideration a custom reconciliation ceremony.
The offences are too serious to consider suspending the sentence.
The sentence commenced on June 12 when Loren was first taken into custody. He was given 14 days to appeal the sentence.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST