Man, 83, among 28 charged with rape in Jan 2021

An 83-year-old man who raped his 6-year-old granddaughter was among 28 people, including three juveniles, charged with rape and sexual offence last month, stats from the Office of Director Public Prosecutions showed.

The case against the 83-year-old was discontinued after he was convicted and sentenced for similar offences against the same victim.

His case was one of 11 offences deemed incestuous – where the victims and the accused were related.

In another case involving a grandfather, a 60-year-old man was charged with indecent assault of his granddaughters, aged 5 and 8 years while a 48-year-old father was charged with the rape and sexual assault of his 14-year-old daughter. There were also cases of two fathers, aged 33 and 44, charged with the rape of their stepdaughters, aged 12 and 16 respectively. A 22-year-old man was also charged with the rape of his half sisters, aged 8 and 12 years. Two uncles aged 44 and 32 were charged with the rape of their nieces, aged 28 and 16 years.

Regarding the case of the juveniles, two aged 11 years and a 12 year-old-boy, charged over two separate rape and sexual assault incidents.

One of the 11 year olds is charged with the 12-year-old over the rape and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl from their village. The other 11-year-old was charged with the rape and sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl.

The young girls were among 29 victims of sexual offence cases in January, and two of the 20 victims aged under 18.

Three cases were discontinued after the supposed victims admitted to making a false complaint. Among the three was a 17-year-old girl who accused his 26-year-old brother-in-law of rape, and a 16-year-old boy who accused a 39-year-old man of rape and indecent assault,

Five other cases were also discontinued due to insufficient evidence and inability to locate victims, the ODPP said.

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