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Woman Gets 3 Years Suspended Sentence For Infanticide

Woman Gets 3 Years Suspended  Sentence For Infanticide
September 05
11:00 2017

A 29-year-old woman who was convicted of infanticide last month was handed a suspended sentence by the Lautoka High Court for killing her newborn baby.

Sulita Livema, of Nakorovou Village, Mataso, in Ra was jailed for two years but Justice Sunila Sharma suspended the sentence for three years.

The court heard that Livema, gave birth to a baby boy in the early hours of January 23,  2014 in their bathroom and then threw him into a pit toilet, causing his death.

The court heard that during her pregnancy, Livema could not eat properly as she was ashamed that her child had an Indo-Fijian father; of which she and her family would be shamed by the villagers and talked about.

Mitigating factors were that she was 26- years-old at the time of the offence and was a first offender.

She was remorseful, co-operated with Police, acknowledged her wrongdoing, the offence was out of character and that she was a victim of cultural, social and emotional failures.

Justice Sharma said the aggravating factors were there was a premature loss of an innocent, young life by a person who had turned that child during pregnancy and was the protector of that life and also the manner in which the life was lost.

He said the case was sad in that the accused had been through a lot since she became pregnant and had suffered in silence with no social and emotional support since she was dumped by her boyfriend.

“The accused trusted her boyfriend and when she needed him most, he was not there for her,” Justice Sharma said.

He said the mental agony caused by the effects of childbirth and lack of ante-natal care and support could not be overlooked by the court.

However Mr Sharma said that causing the death of a human being, especially a newborn child could not be overlooked by the court.

The court also ordered Livema to undergo counselling for two years by the Social Welfare Department.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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