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Robber Put Away For 14 Years

Robber Put Away For 14 Years
February 24
19:52 2018

 

Two men were sentenced by Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo to long jail terms for their part in an aggravated robbery case.

Kaminieli Turagaloaloa, 21, was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment while co-accused Sela Rayawa, 19, was sentenced to seven years.

The court heard that on January 7, 2017 the duo robbed Total Service Station at Laucala Beach Estate and stole $464.78, cigarettes worth $247.40 and recharge cards worth $2571, all valued at $3283.18.

On the second count they stole a handbag containing a wallet with $20, assorted identification cards and car keys.

The court heard the two men robbed the service station with three others and got away in a stolen pro-box taxi.

They scared and threatened customers who were inside and outside the service station using a pinch bar and a knife.

After they fled the scene, they were chased and arrested by police.

The stolen items were recovered in their possession.

While sentencing the two men, Justice Temo said the aggravated factors were that the robbery was conducted in full view of the public and it put their lives at risk.

He said the violent and cowardly act would not be tolerated, adding that they disrespected the customer’s property rights when they committed the offence.

In mitigation, Justice Temo only took into account the fact that they had been in remand a little over one year.

Justice Temo said Turagaloaloa’s history as a habitual offender made him a threat to the community and the protection of the community was a priority.

He said this warranted a long custodial sentence for the first accused.

For the second accused Rayawa Justice Temo said he found that the accused had involved himself in the wrong company and the chances of rehabilitation for him were high.

Turagaloaloa was ordered to serve 13 years of his sentence before he can be eligible for parole while the second accused will serve his sentence in totality without parole.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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