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Sentence Cut

A man, who was sentenced to three years for one count of robbery by the Suva Magistrates Court, has had his sentence reduced by the High Court in Suva. Originally,
02 May 2015 10:47
Sentence Cut

A man, who was sentenced to three years for one count of robbery by the Suva Magistrates Court, has had his sentence reduced by the High Court in Suva.

Originally, Sakiusa Rarawa, who was convicted on his own guilty plea in January, was sentenced to three years with no parole of two.

On December 17 last year in Nabua, the accused assaulted a lawyer coming out of a convenience store. Rarawa took the lawyer’s wallet containing $500 cash and the $15 recharge card which the lawyer had just bought.

Rarawa was drunk at the time.

In sentencing him, the learned magistrate took a sentencing starting point of three years, adding two years for aggravating features but reduced it to three years in total for mitigation and a guilty plea.

Rarawa appealed his sentence in the High Court on the grounds that the Magistrates erred in law when he took into account the aggravating factors, which are the disregard of property rights of others and instilling fear.

His appeal was also on the grounds that the magistrate chose a high starting point.

Justice Paul Madigan reduced the sentencing.

Rarawa, is to serve 2 years with a non parole term of 18 months.

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