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Arsonist Gets Two Years

Children need to respect their parents and if they don’t they will be taught a lesson, says Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo. He made the comments while sentencing
08 Aug 2015 12:40
Arsonist Gets Two Years
Livai Ravunu, 19, was sentenced for two years imprisonment yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Children need to respect their parents and if they don’t they will be taught a lesson, says Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

He made the comments while sentencing a 19-year-old boy for two years after being convicted of burning his mother’s and neighbour’s house.

Livai Ravunu on May 22, 2015 pleaded guilty to two counts of arson in the presence of his lawyer.

The court heard that on December 16, 2014, Ravunu in Suva, willfully and unlawfully set fire to his mother’s house and a neighbour’s house as well.

On that day the accused had come home drunk and had a scuffle with his father. His parents later went and slept at their neighbour’s place.

The accused in anger took his mother’s lit stove and threw it inside his mother’s house which quickly caught fire causing $25,000 worth of damage.

The fire also spread to the neighbour’s house, which was partially burned.

Justice Temo said the accused showed utter disrespect for his parents and their hard work of building a home for him.

“Your parents brought you into this world, raised you and you forced them to sleep at someone else’s home and burned the house down,” Justice Temo said.

Justice Temo sentenced the accused to two years for each count to be served concurrently and he will be eligible for parole after one and half years.

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