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9 Years,10 Months For Robbing Man Out Walking

9 Years,10 Months For Robbing Man Out Walking
August 23
16:38 2018

Aggravated robbery is the worst form of property crime in this jurisdiction and carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said yesterday.  He was sentencing 27-year-old Ponipate Bokadi.

Bokadi pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery on August 14, 2018 and admitted that he was accompanied by an accomplice on June 23, 2018, and stole $600 cash from 58-year-old, Ifereimi Vasu.

Immediately before stealing from Mr Vasu he used force on him. On the morning of the incident Bokadi with another person approached Mr Vasu from behind while he was returning home from his morning walk and assaulted him.

The complainant retaliated and pulled one of the assailants while falling down. Bokadi and his accomplice stole Mr Vasu’s wallet which contained $600, and fled the scene.

“This is a case of robbing of an individual using violence and force while he was walking along a public road,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

“Crimes of this nature are prevalent and have created insecurity and vulnerability in the society.”

He said the accused together with his accomplice assaulted Mr Vasu when he was not in a position to properly protect and defend himself.

The complainant sustained injuries to his eye and ankle.

In his mitigation, Bokadi submitted that he is married and has a child. However, Justice Rajasinghe said during sentencing and said his family circumstances had no mitigatory value. He was sentenced to nine years and 10 months imprisonment with a non-parole period of seven years and 10 months.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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