Concluding a rape case after nearly two decades, Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe yesterday (2), convicted a 45-year-old father of two, on charges of impregnating a minor who was studying in Grade 7 by promising to marry her, and sentenced him to 45 years Rigorous Imprisonment.
The Judge also ordered the convict to pay compensation of Rs 900,000 to the aggrieved party (victim) and imposed a fine of Rs 75,000 on him, over the incident which had taken place 18 years ago.
Judge Marasinghe announcing the verdict, further remarked that the convict having known the victim was a minor had proceeded to write love letters to her over a period of time, before stealing her cash and gold items, after which he had raped her repeatedly.
He added the Court will not think twice in meting out the sternest possible punishment to those who commit unpardonable crimes of this nature.
The Attorney General had indicted the convict, on three counts before the High Court and on charges of raping the 12-year-old, during the period from 2004 to 2005.
It was revealed during the trial that the convict having resided as a boarder in Colombo, had then proceeded to befriend and deceive the victim, who had resided at a nearby house, by promising to marry her after which he had raped her.
It had also come to light during the trial proceedings, that the convict had duped the victim and stolen gold items and cash to the tune of lakhs of rupees from her, on the promise of marrying her.
By Hansi Nanayakkara