Man gets 22 years' jail, 24 strokes for raping half-sister

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to 22 years in jail and 24 strokes of the cane for raping his half-sister who has a low IQ.

The High Court had found him guilty of raping the teenage girl - with whom he shares a mother - over two nights in March 2010, when she was staying in his one-room flat.

Both cannot be named to avoid identifying the victim, who was 18 years old at the time.

The man, a car polisher, had pleaded guilty last year to raping and sodomising her. But in February, he withdrew his plea, maintaining his innocence and claiming that he had admitted to the charges only to "save his wife".

Yesterday, his wife, who entered the courtroom after the sentence was passed, was seen crying while talking to him before he was led away.

In May, the man went on trial for two charges of rape and four charges of sexual assault.

He had committed the crime the day after his half-sister moved in, following an argument with another half-brother and his wife, with whom she had been staying since 2006.

He sexually assaulted her two nights in a row, and she later left the flat and told her mother's boyfriend about the attacks.

But the man denied the accusations during his trial, insisting his family members had set him up.

His wife, 31, a dishwasher, made the same claim when she took the stand, saying her husband was framed by his siblings.

His lawyer, Mr S.K. Kumar, suggested that the man's brother had hatched a plan to put him behind bars so that he would not pester him for the sales proceeds of their late father's flat.