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‘Aggravated Robbery More Prevalent’

Aggravated robbery seems to have become a prevalent crime in the country at the moment, a Magistrate in Suva has said. Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne made the comment when he sentenced
16 Nov 2016 11:00
‘Aggravated Robbery More Prevalent’

Aggravated robbery seems to have become a prevalent crime in the country at the moment, a Magistrate in Suva has said.

Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne made the comment when he sentenced convicted robber, Josefa Tawake to eight years imprisonment.

Magistrate Somaratne said: “The courts have a responsibility to send a clear message to the public that this kind of offence, whether committed on a ‘soft’ target such as individuals or a ‘substantial’ target such as a service station or shop, is likely to be visited with a stern and fitting custodial sentence.”

Tawake had pleaded guilty to the charge for aggravated robbery and agreed to the facts of the case.

On July 1, 2016, Tawake with others entered Fexco Pacific Fiji Limited based at Damodar City complex, Suva, grabbed the tilt containing foreign currencies and exited the main door.

In the process of the robbery, they caused injuries to the Operations manager.

Tawake has received a non-parole period of six years.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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