Man gets over 10 years, 12 strokes for raping his niece

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A LOCAL man was yesterday sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison and 12 strokes of the cane for raping his niece in 2013, when she was just 12 years old.

The defendant had pleaded guilty to raping the victim, outraging her modesty and attempting to rape her sometime last year, after which she lodged a police report which led to his arrest and subsequent conviction.

In his mitigation earlier, the defendant, from Tutong, said he committed the offences only because he was having problems with his wife.

In delivering the sentencing at the Intermediate Court, Presiding Judge Pg Hjh Hanani Pg Hj Metussain, taking into account the facts of the case, said the sentences were to be served concurrently in totality.

She said the defendant, being the uncle of the victim, abused the position of trust he held in order to commit the offences.

The Brunei Times