Crime & Court

Man Who Burned Down House Of Wife’s Lover Jailed 3 Years

Akuila Tubuna pleaded guilty to setting fire to a fellow villager’s house after finding out that his wife had an affair with the victim.
06 Jun 2020 09:40
Man Who Burned Down House Of Wife’s Lover Jailed 3 Years
Alipate Tubuna after his sentencing at the Suva High Court on June 5, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

A Tailevu farmer was sentenced to three years imprisonment yesterday after he was convicted for one count of arson.

Akuila Tubuna pleaded guilty to setting fire to a fellow villager’s house after finding out that his wife had an affair with the victim.

What happened

The incident happened last year on Boxing Day when the accused was drunk.

He confronted his wife about the affair and when she admitted it, he got angry, poured kerosene in an empty container and went straight to the victim’s house.

The accused knew that the victim would not be home at the time so he entered the house and set it on fire with the kerosene he had taken with him.

When the victim found out about the fire, he arrived at the scene to see his house

burnt to the ground. The accused confessed to the crime after he was arrested.

Sentence

While sentencing Tubuna, High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar said burning down another person’s house was a serious offence and it was the court’s duty to denounce such behaviour.

The mitigating factors of the case included his early guilty plea, his genuine remorse, saving the court’s time and resources and the fact that he is a first offender.

“The commission of the offence was an impulsive reaction to a provocative news that his wife and the victim had an affair in the past. No planning was involved in the commission of the offence,” Justice Goundar said.

An aggravating factor was that the victim lost his home and all his personal belongings in the fire and that the offender was drunk when he committed the offence.

“Fortunately, no one was physically harmed by the offender’s conduct. But the gravity of the offence is measured by the actual conduct of the offender.”

A deduction was also given to reflect the six months that the accused spent in custody.

He has been given a non-parole period of 18 months. His sentence was not suspended because of the seriousness of the case.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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