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Navosa Drug Cultivators In For 10

Two brothers have been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs by the Lautoka High Court. Joseva Vonokula and Iliavi Saulebeci were convicted on one
02 Oct 2015 10:10
Navosa Drug Cultivators In For 10
Court

Two brothers have been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the unlawful cultivation of illicit drugs by the Lautoka High Court.
Joseva Vonokula and Iliavi Saulebeci were convicted on one count of unlawful cultivation of marijuana in the Navosa highlands.
The Police found and uprooted nine plants and 320 plants respectively from two places in the jungle. The distances between the two places were 30 metres.
The plants were sent to the Government analyst who confirmed that they were Indian Hemp or cannabis sativa and weighed 119.2kilograms.
Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe, in sentencing the two, said the provision of the Illicit Drugs Control Act, 2004, reflects the serious social consideration of the cultivation of such drugs in Fiji.
“Accordingly the sentencing for these offenders must reflect the intention of the legislature, which is mainly founded on the principles of prevention and deference to offenders of committing such offence.”
The first-accused is 31 years old and has a young family with a five-year-old son. The second-accused, the younger brother, is 20 years of age.
Both were remorseful and pleaded guilty at the earliest given opportunity.
The two will be eligible for parole after serving eight years imprisonment.
They have 30 days to appeal their sentence.
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