Crime

Qalibau Handed 10 Month Sentence For Prison Escape

Qalibau was sentenced to an imprisonment term of 10 months, however, the nine-month period served in remand was deducted as sentence served and he was ordered to serve the remaining one month in prison.
16 Nov 2019 12:42
Qalibau Handed 10 Month Sentence For Prison Escape
Peniasi Qalubau.

One of the seven men who had escaped from Naboro Prison in December last year has been handed a sentence of one-month imprisonment by the Magistrates Court in Suva.

Peniasi Qalibau along with Filipe Delana, Ulaiasi Qalomai, Mesulame Waqabaca, Josaia Usamaki, Bainivalu Tuimatavesi, Solomoni Qurai appeared before the Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday.

The seven men are facing one count each of damaging property and of escaping from lawful custody.

The seven men were serving prisoners at the time of the alleged incident.

Qalomai, Usamaki and Tuimatavesi each have been sentenced to nine months imprisonment for the offence of escape from lawful custody in August, this year.

Qalibau, 25, was sentenced by the Chief Magistrate yesterday for the offence of escape from lawful custody.

On December 24, 2018, at Lami, Qalibau being a serving prisoner escaped from the Naboro Maximum Prison.

At around 2.11 am on the day, Fiji Corrections Service officer Mosese Nakavulevu was on duty when he heard a loud noise coming from the rooftop towards the B2 wing dormitory cell.

He told the other officers on duty that night to check at the laundry and bakery rooms.

As they ran through the corridor through to the laundry room, they saw Qalibau with others on the roof dressed only in their underwear.

The officers could not reach them as the laundry was locked and they saw Qalibau and others climb over the wall and jump over the razor wire.

The alarm was switched on to signal an escape and a joint operation was mounted with the Fiji Police Force. Roadblocks were erected at various locations. Qalibau and others were later recaptured and re-arrested.

In his plea in mitigation, the court heard that Qalibau had asked for forgiveness and also sought forgiveness from his family for putting them through the consequences of his actions.

“You asked for the court’s mercy and an appropriate sentence and asked that the time in remand be deducted as time served.

“In this case, you were a serving prisoner although you had a very short time left in your sentence and in fact you finished your sentence on February 15, 2019, after which you were remanded by this court.

Qalibau was sentenced to an imprisonment term of 10 months, however, the nine-month period served in remand was deducted as sentence served and he was ordered to serve the remaining one month in prison.

Edited by  Percy Kean

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