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Sentence hearing for Ex- CEO on Wed


Nov 01, 2021 12:30:02 PM

Sentence hearing for Ex- CEO on Wed Sentence hearing for a former chief executive of a major public listed company who is charged with indecent assault will take place on Wednesday.

He was found guilty by Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili last week.

The offence took place at the suspect's office in Suva at around 8pm on May 15, 2019.

He appeared in court for mitigation and submission however, state sought further time to file the victim impact statement.

Prosecutor Sadaf Shameem made an application under the Sentencing and Penalties Act for the victim impact statement to be heard in court.

Shameem said the defence counsel would get an opportunity to cross-examine the victim after she gave her impact statement in court.

Defence counsel Hemendra Nagin objected to the application stating that the victim had already given her evidence during trial.

Nagin questioned why the state had not indicated this last week when the judgement was delivered by the court. He said it was a clear unfair practice.

Shameem said the state had to consult the victim first before they received confirmation yesterday morning.

The court heard that  the complain­ant and the offender met during an official visit and had been in contact where she had applied for a job at the offender’s office.

The com­plainant was asked by the offend­er to meet him at 8pm at his office in Suva because he had a series of meetings during the day.

Before and after the meeting, the offend­er had hugged the complainant, sniffed her, rubbed her back, and kissed her neck.

Chief Magistrate Ratuvili said for a normal person, sniffing her while hugging, kissing her neck, and rubbing her back is indecent assault.

He said the matter was reported to Police after the victim saw a Facebook post of another complainant coming for­ward to what was done to her.

He said the accused was a senior to the com­plainant and was a chief executive officer of one of Fiji’s biggest companies while the complainant was a junior civil servant.

His name continues to be suppressed by court order.

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka






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