Man who sexually abused teen niece gets increased sentence
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 4:34PM EDT
TORONTO — A man who sexually assaulted his teenaged niece from Fiji more than 100 times over a three-year period has had his sentence more than doubled by Ontario’s top court.
In siding with the Crown, the Ontario Court of Appeal said the three-year sentence originally handed to the man was manifestly unfit and instead substituted a seven-year term.
“This case presented the court with a variant of the pattern of conduct of adult abusers in a position of trust over children,” the justices said in their ruling.
“Here, the child was a teenager, but her extra vulnerability came from the fact that she was an immigrant to Canada…she was in his power in every way.”