A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of multiple counts of unlawful carnal knowledge, rape and incest.

The last two years of his sentence will be suspended.

Mr Justice Cato, presiding, described the offending as serious.

He said he had recently had to deal with a number of cases of this kind.

‘Elevisi Mo’unga, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of carnal  knowledge  of  a child contrary to section  121(1)  of  the  Criminal  Offences  Act, two counts of rape contrary to section 118(1) (a) of the Criminal Offences Act, incest by male contrary to  section  132  of  the Criminal Offences Act,  indecent  assault  of  a child  under  the  age of 12 contrary to section 125 of the Criminal  Offences  Act,  two  counts of carnal knowledge of a young person contrary to section 121(2) of the Criminal Offences Act, and counts  of  serious indecent assault contrary to section 124 of the  Criminal  Offences Act, and one  of indecent assault.

He was arrested in October last year and has been remanded in custody ever since.

The court was told that one of his victims had been mentally and emotionally seriously affected and since disappeared from view.

Mr Justice Cato said although the victim reported the matter to police and  the accused admitted the offence, the complaint was never dealt with because it was not handled properly by one officer and then dealt with incompetently by another.

“As a result, the prisoner was not charged until another series of sexual offences had  been  committed,” the judge said.

“This would have  been  avoided  had action  been taken  promptly.”

Mo’unga was sentenced to 15 years with the last two years suspended on condition he does not commit any imprisonable offences, he does not reside with girls or women during the period of his suspension, he undergoes counselling for sexual abuse.

The main points

  • A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of multiple counts of unlawful carnal knowledge, rape and incest.
  • The last two years of his sentence will be suspended.
  • Mr Justice Cato, presiding, described the offending as serious.

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