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Suspended Term For Burglars

Suspended Term For Burglars
September 08
11:05 2018

Two men were handed a suspend­ed sentence for aggravated bur­glary by the High Court in Lau­toka.

Sairusi Tagivetaua and Eveni Koroit­uku were each charged with one count each of aggravated burglary and theft and appeared before Justice Sunil Shar­ma.

On July 5, 2018, at about 8pm in Tavua, the two entered the house of Lisiate Fotofili, trespassers with the intention to steal.

They stole a Samsung J5 Prime mobile phone valued at $500, the property of Lisiate Fotofili.

The complainant was awoken close to 10pm when he heard someone moving around his house. He got out of his bed and heard the front door close.

The complainant went inside his house to check for his phone since he wanted to take photos and noticed his phone was missing.

Justice Sharma noted that Tagivetaua was a first offender, lived with his par­ents and three other siblings and was the eldest and only son.

He noted that Tagivetaua was a third-year student at the University of the South Pacific and was a recipient of the tertiary education loans scheme (TELS).

Justice Sharma noted that Tagivetaua had pleaded guilty at the earliest op­portunity and was remorseful for his actions.

For the second offender, Justice Shar­ma noted that Koroituku was 20 years of age, pleaded guilty at the earliest op­portunity and was a first offender.

Both sought for forgiveness from the court.

Justice Sharma said: “Both the ac­cused persons are young offenders with a bright future ahead of them, an im­prisonment term will not augur well for their future.”

Taguvetaua and Koroituku were sen­tenced to two and half year’s imprison­ment respectively, which was suspend­ed for three years.

They were given 30 days to appeal against the sentence.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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