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Drunken Row Puts Brother In Jail For Life

A 33-year-old Taveuni farmer convicted for killing his older brother was sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court in Labasa yesterday. Tomasi Waimuka, who appeared before Justice Paul Madigan, was
11 May 2017 11:00
Drunken Row Puts Brother In Jail For Life
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A 33-year-old Taveuni farmer convicted for killing his older brother was sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court in Labasa yesterday.

Tomasi Waimuka, who appeared before Justice Paul Madigan, was ordered to serve a minimum term of 12 years before he was eligible to apply for a pardon.

He was represented by Legal Aid Commission lawyer, Aisea Paka.

It was alleged that Waimuka struck his brother, ViliameWaqainamata, using a wooden chair leg on Boxing Day in 2015 on Taveuni Island.

The court heard this happened after the brothers’ returned home very drunk from a gathering.

Justice Madigan said Waqainamata (deceased) started smashing kitchen cookery in the house and swore at the children.

When Waimuka tried to calm his brother down, but he refused to listen and grew more aggressive posing a threat to everyone. In the heat of moment,Waimuka struck his brother who was two years older, the court heard.

However, following this incident, the court heard that he took his brother to the nearest health centre where he was later transferred to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. He died days later.

In passing sentence, Justice Madigan said he would consider a minimum sentence after hearing the mitigating factors.

In his mitigation,Waimuka said he was a first offender, very remorseful and had sought forgiveness from his siblings and families.

He then said their mother, Ana Valemasi who stood in the witness box to give character witness revealed that he was indeed remorseful for the loss and had been of good character.

Hence, he was told to serve a minimum sentence of 12 years before he could apply for a pardon.

Representing the state prosecution was Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer, Amelia Vavadakua.



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