Pacific / Papua New Guinea

Manus Island refugee jailed for statutory rape

13:37 pm on 1 October 2019

A Manus Island refugee has been sentenced to three years in prison for statutory rape.

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The Post Courier reported Pakistani refugee Mohammad Nasir Hussein was sentenced last week at the National Court in Lorengau.

He was convicted of persistent sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, whom he befriended and spent three nights with at a Lorengau lodge.

Hussein was sentenced to six years in jail, but Judge Sinclair Gora deducted three years for mitigating factors.

He will serve his sentence at Bomana prison in Port Moresby.

Manus Island police chief David Yapu said Hussein was the second refugee convicted for sexual offences in Manus province.

The first is serving his sentence in Lorengau prison.