17 Jan 2013

State appeals Fiji child rape sentence for being too lenient

5:50 pm on 17 January 2013

Fiji's director of Public Prosecutions has indicated that the State will appeal against the sentence handed down to a convicted rapist.

Chen Wen Jian was sentenced to seven years in prison by the High Court in Lautoka.

Christopher Pryde has told Fiji Village that it is important that a strong message is sent to men who rape women and children and a sentence of seven years for child rape is woefully inadequate.

He says the State will be appealing the manifestly lenient sentence.

Mr Pryde says a non-parole period was not set which means that Chen Wen Jian is eligible for release after two thirds of his sentence has been served.

He has been on remand since 2010 which means he is eligible for parole in two years.

Mr Pryde says in reality, Jian will serve a little more than four years for the rape of a child when the maximum sentence for rape under the Crimes Decree is life imprisonment.