25 Mar 2013

Samoa judge reiterates call for sex offender registry

11:37 am on 25 March 2013

Justice Vui Clarence Nelson has reiterated his call for a sex offender register for Samoa.

He repeated his call this week when sentencing a 60 year-old man convicted of raping his 14 year-old biological daughter.

The mans' name has been suppressed to protect the victim, but he previously served 2 years in jail in 2005 for having sex with a relative.

Justice Vui told the man that he was not fit to be a father and that it was people like who need to be listed on a sex offenders registry.

He said that the man's name should be on such a register for people to know as he does not seem to care.

Justice Vui sentenced the man to 20 years in jail for four counts of rape.

Since Judge Vui first mentioned the need for a sex offender registry earlier this year, the issue has been referred to the Law Reform Commission to review.