The Principal Magistrate at Kirakira in the Makira Ulawa Province on Friday sentenced a 40-year-old man to 16 years imprisonment after finding him guilty of eight charges of incest.
The man was found guilty of having sexual intercourse with his biological daughter on eight separate dates in 2011.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Makira-Ulawa Province, Superintendent Peter Sitai said the convicted man from Tawaiabu Village in West Makira was found guilty of eight charges of incest by male. He is serving his sentence at the Kirakira Correctional Centre.
Superintendent Sitai explained the public must be reminded that the crime of incest is serious one under the Penal Code of Solomon Islands.
“It carries a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment. This Crime has two parts – incest by a male and incest by a female. Incest by male is when any male person has sexual intercourse with a female person who is to his knowledge his granddaughter; daughter, sister or mother. Police will not tolerate such acts,” he said.
He thanked police officers involved in the investigation in getting the man convicted in court despite challenges during the course of investigation.
“I extend the same sentiments to the chiefs and family members of the convicted man for their understanding and supporting the police,” said PPC Sitai.
– Police Media