Rugby Star Api Ratuniyarawa, 37, Receives 34-Month Sentence for Sexual Assault on Three Teenagers During Nights Out

Conviction and Sentencing

Api Ratuniyarawa, a prominent Fiji international rugby player aged 37, faced a trial and subsequent conviction for sexually assaulting three teenagers during a series of intoxicated nights spent at a nightclub in Cardiff.

The Cardiff Crown Court sentenced him to two years and 10 months in prison for the assaults.

Nightclub Assault Incidents

The court detailed the incidents wherein Ratuniyarawa was captured on CCTV footage assaulting the three separate victims on consecutive evenings at the Vodka Revolution bar, despite the victims being unrelated to one another.

The assaults included groping, unwarranted touching, and attempts to kiss the victims, with each incident displaying a distressing encounter for the young women.

Impact on Victims

Testimonies from the assaulted victims revealed the emotional and psychological trauma they endured, with one expressing how the ordeal had significantly altered her life and emotional well-being.

The victims shared the profound impact of the assaults on their self-worth, confidence, and personal relationships, citing feelings of trauma and emotional distress.

Legal Proceedings and Statements

Ratuniyarawa admitted guilt to charges of assault by penetration and sexual assault. His defense lawyer, Ruth Smith, emphasized his genuine remorse and deep shame for his actions, acknowledging his responsibility and the profound disappointment felt by his family, country, and himself.

The judge, Recorder of Cardiff Tracey Lloyd-Clarke, acknowledged his remorse but handed down the jail sentence considering the severity of the offenses.

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