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Jail For Robbery In Public Toilet

Jail For Robbery In Public Toilet
August 23
16:36 2018

A 26-year-old man who robbed a taxi driver inside a public toilet was sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment at the High Court in Suva.

Luke Rawalai had pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery.

On February 10, 2018, Rawalai entered the public toilet at the Raiwaqa Market at 4:20pm, and robbed the complainant.

He, who was accompanied by another, stole the complainant’s $99 phone, his car key valued at $4 and $315 cash.

Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said the increasing rate of crimes of similar nature has turned society into a vulnerable and insecure place.

In view of the seriousness of the offence, he said offenders must be dealt a severe and harsh punishment, adding that the purpose of the sentence was founded on the principle of deterrence and protection of the community.

“Crimes of this nature could have the effect of endangering the innocent public and their freedom of life,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

“You and your accomplices have found an opportunity where the complainant was alone inside the public convenience and had no prospect of escape or of seeking help, to carry out this crime.”

He stated that the offence must have had a horrifying and frustrating impact on the complainant who was suddenly grabbed from behind and had his belongings stolen while he was using the public convenience.

The accused submitted in his mitigation that he is in a de facto relationship.

He was ordered to serve seven years and six months of his sentence before he can be eligible for parole.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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