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Four Years For Dikidikilati

A 32- year-old man was sentenced to four years imprisonment with a non-parole period of three years after he was convicted for intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Veramu Dikidikilati
03 Jan 2015 14:33
Four Years  For Dikidikilati

A 32- year-old man was sentenced to four years imprisonment with a non-parole period of three years after he was convicted for intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Veramu Dikidikilati on May 29, 2012 at Nasinu, unlawfully wounded Salote Yalimaiwai by stabbing her with a kitchen knife causing grievous harm

The court heard the complainant was 42- years old and married with two children aged 20 and 13 years.

At about 7pm on May 29, 2012, the complainant, her husband and children were watching TV in their home in Nasinu.

Their main door was open and the complainant was sitting next to it. Suddenly out of the blue, someone came and stabbed her on the left side, below her chest. Blood poured out of the wound. It was the accused who stabbed her. He later fled the scene.

The complainant was rushed to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital and was hospitalised for three days.

She suffered two per cent damage to her kidney. The injury had affected her quality of life to this day.

In his sentencing, High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo said the aggravating factors showed utter disregard to her right to personal safety and her right to undisturbed comfort of her home.

“Her kidney is damaged and her quality of life has been greatly affected and she fears being alone in her own house,” Justice Temo said.

He said the mitigating factors were this was the first offence at the age of 32 and he had been remanded in custody since October 1, 2012.

He will be eligible for parole after three years.

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