Australian Jailed For Fiji Child Rapes
Source: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
MUTCH GETS SEVEN YEARS
SUVA: Australian national Mark Lawrence Mutch
was today given a seven
year jail sentence after being found guilty on Friday of paedophilia,
Radio Fiji reports.
This is the first ever conviction for paedophilia in the Fiji Islands.
And a Suva High Court judge, Justice
Davendra Pathik has turned down a
verbal application for bail, pending appeal by Mutch's lawyer, Mehboob
Raza was told to apply in writing and
state clearly his grounds for
bail, pending appeal.
Mutch was found guilty on two counts of rape and
four counts of indecent
He was served with two
7-year sentences for rape and four years each
indecent assault, however the sentences will be served concurrently
which means Mutch will only serve a total of seven years.
Justice Pathik told a packed court
that in his 42 years in the legal
field, it was the first case of paedophilia that he has come across and
a first for Fiji.
He says the case sent shock waves throughout the
country as it was not
heard of before.
Pathik says this
kind of activity should be nipped in the bud before
spreads like a cancer.
Between 1990 and 1997, Mutch
lured school children mostly primary school
girls to his home and sexually assaulted them and took photos of them.
Mutch was arrested when Victorian Police recovered
the photos on the
Internet in Australia.
provided by the Journalism Programmme, University of the
South Pacific. Pasifik Nius.