23 Nov 2017

Father of six jailed for 15 years for rape in Samoa

7:17 pm on 23 November 2017

Thirty seven year old Iakopo Vitale has begun serving a 15 year jail term for the rape of his two sisters-in-law.

The girls were aged 14 and 15 years when he committed the crimes between July 2015 and December last year.

Samoa's courthouse

Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

The married father of six was convicted of 13 sex crimes.

The Samoa Observer reports Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren said, in sentencing, that a breach of trust is unacceptable and the Court will take a tough stand against this kind of offending in an effort to eradicate it.

Justice Tuala-Warren said Vitale is married to the victim's older sister and instead of protecting them he took advantage of his position.

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