SUVA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- A 37-year-old father who raped and sexually assaulted his sick 16-year-old daughter over a six-year period was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment by the Fijian High Court on Friday.
Judge Justice Salesi Temo set a non-parole period of 16 years in the eyebrow-raising case.
The man was convicted and found guilty by the High Court for five counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault.
Earlier, local news website Fijivillage reported that the father had asked for a lenient sentence for the rape charges.
In his mitigation, the man said there were two detainees with him and one of them who raped his daughter and threatened his wife was serving a four-year sentence.
Temo said the case had to be reviewed and the four-year sentence had to be increased.