Skip to main content

2. Sentence

The sentence for each case will depend upon the facts. The courts have held the following (non-exhaustive) to be aggravating features: 

  • Use of violence or weapon
  • Acting not alone but with others
  • Careful and premeditated planning for the rape
  • Previous convictions for rape or other serious violent or sexual offences
  • The victim is subject to further sexual indignities or perversions
  • Repeated rapes
  • Young victim
  • Physical or mental harm to the victim
  • The offender had broken into or gained access to the place where the victim is living
  • Breach of trust
  • Use of protection