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Four Get Prison Sentences

Four Get Prison Sentences
October 16
10:30 2015

Four men convicted on separate counts of manslaughter were handed prison sentences yesterday by the High Court in Suva.


Sentenced passed for killing farmer

Mikaele Salusalu, 24, of Wainiyavu, Namosi has been sentenced to four years.

He hit a 59-year-old farmer with a bamboo stick, punched him and pushed him onto a stone resulting in the farmer’s death.

Salusalu had suspected that the victim was practicing witchcraft.

High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo said the accused should have reported the matter to Police if he suspected witchcraft practice. Salusalu will be eligible for parole after serving three years in jail.


Death driver gets four years

Shalesh Kumar was sentenced to four years and 10 months for causing the death of a 17-year-old.

On March 8, 2013, Kumar, a bus driver, picked up the victim from Pacific Harbour in his bus servicing the Suva-to-Sigatoka route.

The victim had paid fare up until Nakarovou but did not get off. He tried to get off farther from his original distance but Kumar failed to stop the bus.

The court heard that the victim approached the bus driver to stop the bus four times but Kumar did not. Justice Temo said out of negligence, Kumar continued driving the bus at full speed causing the victim to jump off the bus.

Kumar is eligible for parole when has served three years in jail.


Farmer gets five years

Sele Caucau, who was charged with murder but found guilty for manslaughter, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for causing the death of farmer, Maika Tuinakelo, in Naitasiri.

Caucau must serve four years before he is eligible for parole.


Four years for causing death

Naibuka Cama, 23, was jailed for four years for causing the death of a 21-year-old man outside a nightclub in 2013.

On February 8, 2013, Cama, had attacked the victim after Cama’s female cousin accused the victim of stealing her gold chain. The victim denied the allegation and swore at Cama. Cama retaliated and during the attack the victim suffered serious injuries and died on February 11, 2013. Cama will be eligible for parole after serving three years.


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