Editorial

We Need To Steer Young Fijians Away From Crime

Justice Temo yesterday sentenced a retired military officer to three years in jail, suspended for three years.
27 Apr 2019 11:27
We Need To Steer Young Fijians Away From Crime
High Court Justice Salesi Temo.

High Court Justice Salesi Temo must to be commended for not mincing his words when he talked at length about how young Fijians terrorise neighbourhoods in outer Suva area.

Justice Temo yesterday sentenced a retired military officer to three years in jail, suspended for three years.

This officer, who has had a distinguished military career, was found guilty of manslaughter.

He hit a young man who was trying to break into the officer’s car.

The good Judge highlighted the evils of alcohol.

Watisoni Rokosawa while drunk and returning from a nightclub smashed and broke the front left glass car window.

When Wame Waqavanua asked the young man who broke the glass door, he lied and said he did not know and went his way.

He returned later to break into the car.

Some 20 cars are broken into that Raiwai area every month.

This was one of those days, but that day someone lost his life.

Mr Waqavanua had served this nation well, risked his life in serving the country.

It is unfortunate that a life was lost, but if the deceased had not broken into the car, the whole scene would have been avoided.

Too many of our young people are often arrested and end up in jails for going down the path of crime.

It was not wrong for Mr Waqavanua to want to defend his property, property which he bought with his hard earned money and not stolen from anyone.

There are many other Fijians who can empathise with him. I know I do.

As Justice Temo stated: “Yes, a young person’s life had been unnecessarily taken away by the accused’s unlawful act.

However, the unfortunate incident started as a result of the deceased’s criminal acts of smashing the accused’s front left door car window and try to steal therefrom, while being heavily intoxicated.

The accused (Mr Waqavanua) was trying to arrest the deceased.”

We need religious leaders and families to play a bigger role in keeping our young Fijians away from the criminal life.

We owe it to them and to people like Mr Waqavanua who should not need to live in fear that someone will break into their cars or homes.

It starts with us.

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