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Robbers Found Guilty

Three men have been found guilty by the High Court in Suva for their involvement in a robbery at Pacific Harbour in 2013. Tevita Gonevau, Joeli Soaqali, Petero Tuivakalea have
02 May 2015 10:51
Robbers Found Guilty

Three men have been found guilty by the High Court in Suva for their involvement in a robbery at Pacific Harbour in 2013.

Tevita Gonevau, Joeli Soaqali, Petero Tuivakalea have been found guilty of robbing a complainant of $45,281.57 on April 2, 2013.  The assessors found Soaqali and Tuivakalea  guilty to which judge Justice Salesi Temo concurred. However for Gonevou, the assessors arrived at a with mixed opinion but Justice Temo found him guilty as well.

Since Christmas 2012 Gonevou had obtained inside information on the complainant and the three supermarkets that they ran at Pacific Harbour. Gonevou planned to rob the complainant’s supermarkets during the Easter weekend targeting the takings.

On April 1, 2013 Gonevou contacted a person who would execute the robbery and according to the Prosecution’s case, Soaqali and Tuivakalea were the two persons who would execute the robbery.

On April 2 Soaqali and Tuivakalea waited near Pacific Harbour Post Office as the vehicle carrying the money and the complainant came towards BSP Pacific Harbour branch.

According to Prosecution Tuivakalea ran towards the complainant and grabbed the bag containing the said amount in cash, cheques and coins.

The two struggled and fell in a drain and Tuivakalea punched the complainant on his face. Soaqali ran towards them, picked up a stone and hit the complainant three times on his head injuring him. The complainant let go of the bag while the two accused fled the scene.

Alarm was raised and Police chased the two accused in the bush and later arrested all three who in their caution interview admitted to the crime and were charged with aggravated robbery. However during the first trial proper on April 15, 2015 they pleaded not guilty to the charge despite their alleged confession.

Justice Temo accepted the complainant’s version of the events and rejected the accused’s evidence and convicted them accordingly.

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