Deidre Tautua – Fanene
A youth who raped a six year old girl in 2017 was sentenced to 14 years and six months imprisonment by Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren.
Twenty year old Tamapa’a Si’ueva also known as “Pa’a’ who was 18 at the time of the offending while the victim was just 6 years old, was found guilty of 1 count of rape, 3 counts of sexual violation and 1 count of indecent assault by a panel of assessors last month after a 1 day trial.
A suppression order was issued on the victim’s identity but was not extended to the defendant.
The victim, who is now 8 years old, took the stand during the one day hearing last month and recall how “Pa’a” had followed her while she was walking to her house, further inland from the main road after a rugby game at the Leulumoega College field.
She said the defendant told her to go with him so she followed him to the bush (togavao).
The victim told the court, Pa’a told her to take off her clothes but she refused so he then removed her clothes for her placed them by a nearby tree and then returned with his own clothes removed.
The victim explained in full details the sexual attack in open court. The victim's mother also testified and recalled the day her daughter came home after the incident.
She said, when she was giving her daughter a bath the following day, her daughter complained that her private part hurts.
She also told the court she then spanked her daughter and was suspicious of her husband.
The victim's mother said she ask her daughter if her father had done anything to her but her daughter said no.
During Justice Tafaoimalo’s decision, she said no child should have to go through what the victim had gone through.
She added that childhood is a time of innocence and the defendant has robbed this child of such innocence.
“The protection of the public, in particular our young children and it is also an important consideration in today’s sentencing.
“This is a case of immense public interest for the reason that this victim is a 6-year-old child violated by a complete stranger in a most perturbing way. This indicates a need for awareness around stranger danger in homes and schools,” she said.
In reading out Justice Tafaoimalo’s decision she said;
“For the offence of rape, convicted and sentenced to 14 and a half years imprisonment.
“For each count of sexual connection with a child under 12 years old, convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonments.
“For the indecent act on a child, convicted and discharged.
“All sentence will be served concurrently so that the defendant will serve a total of 14 and a half years imprisonment.”