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2 Years For Arson

A Rabi Islander, who unlawfully set fire to the Rabi Council of Leaders building was sentenced to two years imprisonment by the High Court in Labasa yesterday. Kapua Bakoa, 53, charged
29 Oct 2015 09:48
2 Years For Arson

A Rabi Islander, who unlawfully set fire to the Rabi Council of Leaders building was sentenced to two years imprisonment by the High Court in Labasa yesterday.

Kapua Bakoa, 53, charged with one count of arson and one count of criminal intimidation, appeared before judge Justice Salesi Temo.

He pleaded guilty to the first count and not guilty to the second count.

He was represented by Legal Aid Commission Lawyer Michael Fesaitu.

While Office of the Director of Public Prosecution’s lawyer was Amelia Vavakadakua.

It was alleged that on November 20, 2014, Bakoa at Nuku, Rabi Island willingly and unlawfully set fire to the Rabi Council of Leaders’ building.

The facts read out in court revealed that Bakoa was unhappy with some of the decisions made by the director of the Rabi Council.

He went about looking for empty beer bottles and found four which he filled with pre-mix fuel and closed it with pieces of cloth.

He warned the people inside to vacate the building and then he set director’s office and conference room on fire.

Judge Justice Temo said the Rabi Islanders had spent a lot of money building their meeting house.

He said by setting it on fire and causing $1410 damage, Bakoa showed no regard for their financial sacrifice.

Judge Justice Temo accordingly sentenced Bakoa to two years imprisonment with a non-parole period of one and half years on the first count.

For second count the case has been remitted to the Labasa Magistrates Court to be tried before Magistrate Cama Tuberi.

He will appear for this case on November 10.

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