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8 years for attempted  robbery Public service drivers provide an important service to the community and need to be protected, the Suva Magistrates Court heard yesterday. Suva Magistrate, Jioji Boseiwaqa
10 Jan 2017 12:00
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8 years for attempted  robbery

Public service drivers provide an important service to the community and need to be protected, the Suva Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Suva Magistrate, Jioji Boseiwaqa emphasised this while sentencing a man charged with attempted robbery to eight years imprisonment.

Asaeli Vakananui Nabakua, 21, was convicted for attempting to rob a Shore Buses bus driver in March last year.

“Public service drivers provide an important service to the community and must be protected from such perpetrators.

“This sentence is deterrent to future perpetrators and also to rehabilitate the offender.

“He is to be taken immediately to his sentence,” Magistrate Boseiwaqa ordered.

The court heard that on March 14, 2016, Nabakua attempted to commit theft by using force on a bus driver, Akuila Vakadranu and attempted to steal his money box.

Nabakua pleaded guilty to the offence.

For aggravating factors, the court heard that the incident caused serious injuries to the bus driver which was a fracture to the left nasal bone for which he underwent a special treatment.

For mitigating factors, the court considered that he was remorseful and was a first offender.

His non-parole period is seven years.

JESSICA GOUNDER

 

Alleged murder case transferred to High Court

A man who allegedly killed his de-factor partner in 2009 had his case transferred to the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Ishmad Izraal Ali, 38,who is charged with one count of murder, later absconded overseas.

He was arrested through a partnership between the Indian government, INTERPOL and local authorities – and recharged.

In court, he was further remanded by Magistrate Makareta Mua.

Defence lawyer, Patrick Kumar asked the court how his client’s bail application was denied when they had not received disclosures.

Mr Kumar also told the court that they had not received written disclosures from prosecution and his client had requested immediate medical attention.

Magistrate Mua gave the prosecution 10 days to provide written disclosures to the defence.

The state was represented by Police prosecutor Sergeant Apenisa Keresoni.

The case has been adjourned to January 20.

MONICA AGUILAR

 

Alleged Police attacker sent to High Court
A 24-year-old charged with aggravated robbery had his case transferred to the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Demesi Atulaga appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa at the Suva Magistrates Court.

Atulaga has two files with various charges.

The alleged incident happened on May 25, 2016, at Wairua Road in Tamavua where he allegedly robbed a man of $70.

For his first file, the matter was transferred to the High Court for him to appear on January 20, as it was an indictable offence.

For the second file, Atulaga is charged with two counts each of damaging property, serious assault and one count of resisting arrest.

It is alleged that Atulaga on December 22, 2016, stoned a Police vehicle and threw a stone at Detective Sergeant Josua Daveta.

It is further alleged that he damaged Constable Manasa Bainimarama’s wrist watch and assaulted Special Constable Saimone Ratu by biting his right index finger.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Temesi Evo objected to bail as the accused has six previous convictions and has a likelihood of absconding bail and reoffending.

The case has been adjourned to tomorrow for bail ruling.

JESSICA GOUNDER

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