Fake therapist gets 9 years for rape
Mary (not her real name), was separated from her husband and lived alone with her mother. She was ill and needed medical therapy.
On 27 March 2013, 62-year-old farmer Tutnisau Caucau came to attend to Mary’s mother, who was suffering from arthritis. He convinced the mother that he should massage Mary, saying she had “something” with her and he could heal her with his therapy.
Caucau took Mary to a room and asked her to lie down. He massaged her belly for about 20 minutes before assaulting her private parts.
The next day, Caucacu returned to continue the “therapy”. He closed the room’s door and told Mary to take off her clothes and lie down, facing upwards. During the massage, he took her hand and put it in his sulu. He then raped her, stopping when Mary complained of a stomachache. He continued to assault her private parts.
In her Victim Impact Statement, Mary said:
“After this crime, my relationship with my husband has become worse, and also I don’t trust males anymore. It is hard for me to communicate with men.”
High Court Judge Aruna Aluthge convicted Caucacu after five assessors found him guilty on four counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault.
Judge Aluthge said Caucau had exploited Mary’s vulnerability and fraudulently misled her. The Judge said Mary suffered physical pain and would be psychologically affected for the rest of her life.
“People who disguise themselves as therapists must be punished to protect the profession and to protect innocent people who can easily be misled into this type of fraudulent therapeutic treatments.”
Yesterday, Judge Aluthge sentenced Caucau to 9 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 7 years. Caucau has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Appeal.