Grandfather guilty of rape

A man has been found guilty by the National Court for the sexual assault of his granddaughter in 2011 at a warehouse at Takubar, in East New Britain Province.

Acting Judge David Susame convicted the man in Kokopo recently after a trial.

The incident took place when the girl was 15 years old. The man was the biological brother of the girl’s grandfather and was living with the family.

The court was told at 4 in the afternoon, on 30th June 2011, the accused met the girl outside of Anderson’s Supermarket where she was waiting to catch a PMV to Gelegele.

He persuaded her to accompany him back to where he works, under false pretense to pick up his mobile phone he had left behind. His hidden motive was to sexually penetrate her. 

He then raped her inside the warehouse after giving her alcohol. 

Complaints were made to her mother the next morning however, police could not apprehend the accused sooner as he went into hiding until 19 January 2014, when he was apprehended.  

The court found he had hidden motives to sexually penetrate her and convicted him accordingly.

He remains in custody awaiting sentence of the court.

(Kokopo Court filepic)

Sally Pokiton