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Judge Convicts Drug Cultivator

A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for cultivating marijuana. Judge Justice Salesi Temo convicted Tomasi Bagaga following two-day trial where the accused was found guilty of
01 Mar 2015 09:47
Judge Convicts Drug Cultivator

A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for cultivating marijuana.

Judge Justice Salesi Temo convicted Tomasi Bagaga following two-day trial where the accused was found guilty of cultivating illicit drugs.

Bagaga was trialed in absentia.

He concurred with the assessor’s opinion of guilty and convicted him accordingly.

Twenty-three Marijuana plants (5.5kg) were uprooted from his farm at Lomaivuna Settlement on December 16, 2012.

Police arrested the accused after receiving a tip-off from the settlement.

Documents presented in court showed that the accused knew marijuana cultivation was illegal, and that he admitted it.

The trial proceeded in his absence because the accused has been on the run since March 2014.

Bagaga was sentenced to eight years imprisonment with a non-parole period of six years which will come into effect from the day of his arrest.

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