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Court Briefs: 22nd August, 2017

Court Briefs: 22nd August, 2017
August 22
11:49 2017

Sentencing today for accused found guilty of murder

The High Court in Suva has found Livai Lino guilty of the murder of Ashwin Roy Lal.

Lino, who will be sentenced later today, was found guilty by Justice Salesi Temo and three assessors.

Justice Temo, while delivering the summing up, said Lino was 27-years-old when he committed the offence on June 21, 2013 at Nadi.

The court heard that Lino was also a former patient of St Giles Hospital and used to walk around Nadi Town.

The court learned that on the day of the offence Lino took a kitchen knife from a villager’s home in Namotomoto and crossed the road to talk to the deceased. While talking to Mr Lal, Lino suddenly stabbed Mr Lal with the knife on the right chest.

Lino had pleaded guilty to the offence but told the court he did not intend to kill Mr Lal. But according to the post mortem report, Justice Temo said there were external and internal injuries to the chest and due to the massive blood loss Mr Lal had died.

“His actions have changed people’s life. When he stabbed the deceased he intended to cause his death and he knew what he was doing was wrong,” said Justice Temo.

Jessica Savike

Edited by Naisa Koroi


Bank officer gets 3 years plus for stealing

A former payment officer of the Bank South Pacific was sentenced to more than three years in jail yesterday by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Paula Tevita is charged with nine counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception and was sentenced to three years, two months and 11 days, with a non-parole period of two years and six months by Magistrate Waleen George.

From June 15 to August 2016 last year, Tevita while being a local payment officer at the BSP Suva branch deposited cheques and vouchers in his sister’s BSP account to a total amount of $190,109.92.

In sentencing Tevita, Magistrate George said she classified the theft committed by bank employees as a serious breach of trust. Tevita has 28 days to appeal.

ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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