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Court In Brief: May 30th, 2017

Man who defiled cousin gets two years eight months’ jail time A 27-year-old man convicted for the defilement of his cousin was yesterday sentenced to two years and eight months
31 May 2017 13:33
Court In Brief: May 30th, 2017

Man who defiled cousin gets two years eight months’ jail time

A 27-year-old man convicted for the defilement of his cousin was yesterday sentenced to two years and eight months jail by the High Court in Suva.

The matter was called before Justice Vincent Perera.

The accused was initially charged with rape and after a week trial was found guilty for the defilement of his 14-year-old cousin. The incident occurred on February 26, last year at Tailevu.

For aggravating factors, the court said that as an elder cousin the accused was in a position of trust, there was an age gap of 13 years between the two and further mentioned that the accused took advantage of the victim’s naivety.

For mitigating factors, the court considered that he was a first offender and that he co-operated with the Police.

“You admitted that you solicited the victim to have sexual intercourse with you,” said Justice Perera.

He received a non-parole period of one year and two months. Jessica Savike

Edited by Naisa Koroi


Ex-chief administration officer of Finance Ministry on suspended sentence

The former chief administration officer for the Ministry of Finance received a suspended sentence of 15 months by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

The matter was called before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.

Mr Ratuvili said Meli Bitu had breached the trust of his employer because he had an authoritative role in the Ministry of Finance. He also said Bitu had received benefits which he was not entitled to.

His sentence of 15 months has been suspended for three years.

Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption had charged Bitu for a count each of receiving a corrupt benefit and false or misleading information.

Between May 2 and May 10, 2013, Bitu received a benefit of $12,592.95 and he also gave false information to the then Permanent Secretary for Finance, Filimone Waqabaca. Jessica Savike

Edited by Naisa Koroi


Bail granted for former post master of Ono-i-Lau

A former post master of Ono-i-Lau appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday charged with six counts of theft.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili granted Jesoni Tukuca bail in the sum of $500.

It is alleged that between October 2014 and May 2016, Tukuca dishonestly appropriated cash and stock amounting to over $98,000.

Tukuca’s bail conditions are that he is not to offend, he is not to change his residential address, he is to report to the Nasinu Police Station every Wednesday and he is to surrender all his travel documents.

The State was represented by Police prosecutor, Corporal Kalara Neisamu.

The case has been adjourned to June 15, for plea. Jessica Savike

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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