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Two students found with man in hotel room Lautoka: A middle-aged man was taken into Police custody on Sunday night after he was allegedly found with two under-aged girls in
07 Jun 2016 09:00
Court And Police

Two students found with man in hotel room

Lautoka: A middle-aged man was taken into Police custody on Sunday night after he was allegedly found with two under-aged girls in his room at a Lautoka hotel.

Both girls are believed to be in secondary school.

A Police source confirmed the man, believed to be middle aged was still in Police custody and undergoing interrogation.

The hunt for one of the girls started on Sunday when she disappeared from a function at her home.

Her parents became worried and notified Police.

Later that day, Police received a tip-off and made enquiries at the hotel in question.

When the room was opened, the girl was inside along with another girl believed to be similar in age.

The man was taken by Police and investigations are continuing.

By Charles Chambers

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

 

Resort worker jailed for

stealing from tourist

Lautoka: A resort worker who stole money from a Chinese couple on holiday here was jailed for six months by the Lautoka Magistrate’s Court.

Karunesh Kumar Achari, 20, of Davuilevu Housing, Waila Nausori was charged with stealing foreign and local currency from the couple while they were at the resort.

Outlining the case, Constable Shelveen Sharma said Zhao Xiaoli and his wife Zhao Mengqi had travelled to the resort in the western division on May 28 where they had booked four nights of accommodation. As they prepared to leave on May 31, they noticed their money, USD$500 (F$1048.20), RMB$700 (F$223.45), and F$800 was missing and notified resort staff.

Police were immediately notified.

On the same day, the Yasawa Flyer was on its way back to Port Denarau with tourists and resort staff.

Upon nearing Port Denarau, Achari noticed Police standing on the dock and immediately tossed a bag containing the money to another resort staff.

He was arrested at Port Denarau, questioned and charged with theft.

Achari sought forgiveness in mitigation.

Magistrate Rangajeeva Wimalasena said the matter was serious as it breached the trust tourists had put in the resort staff.

By Charles Chambers

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

 

Vakarewa, Singh sentenced for money laundering

Suva: Sakuisa Vakarewa and Mukeshwar Singh were sentenced by the Suva High Court yesterday for money laundering.

Both the accused appeared before Judge Justice Achala Wengapulli.

Vakarewa, 42, was employed by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority as an auditor and is charged with money laundering whereby he was engaged directly or indirectly in transactions involving $114,611 and $2500 from 2005 to 2009 and knowing or ought to know that this is derived from some form of unlawful activity.

Vakarewa aggravated factors were that he being a FRCA staff breeched the trust of his employer, the money was never recovered and there was significant degree of planning and it executed over a long period of time.

The mitigating factors Justice Wengapulli told the court was that Vakarewa was a first offender, he is married and supports his three young children and his elderly mother and is the only bread winner in the family.

Vakarewa was sentenced to six years of imprisonment and is eligible for parole after serving four years six months.

Singh, 32, is charged with money laundering and his Defence lawyer Jitten Reddy had asked the court during the judgment that his client was willing to pay a fine and requested the court for a suspended sentence.

The aggravated factor was that Singh breeched the trust of his acquaintances, the money laundered that belonged to FRCA of $102,843.50 was never recovered and a significant degree of planning and it’s execution over a long period of time.

The mitigation factors were that he was a first offender, is married and supports his only child and he claims he did not gain from these transactions.

Mr Reddy told the court during judgment that the only thing his client gained was shame.

Singh is sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and will be eligible for parole after serving five years and six months. Both accused have 30 days to appeal.  By Jessica Gounder

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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