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Don’t use mental problem as an excuse to murder: Temo

Suva High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo, while sentencing Livai Lino for the murder of 42-year-old man in Nadi, told the accused he could not use his disability for the
23 Aug 2017 12:47
Don’t use mental problem as  an excuse to murder: Temo

Suva High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo, while sentencing Livai Lino for the murder of 42-year-old man in Nadi, told the accused he could not use his disability for the crime.

“Although Livai Lino was a former patient of Saint Giles Hospital, people in this position cannot go around using the same as an excuse to commit murder,” Justice Temo said.

He sentenced Lino to life imprisonment which he had to serve a mandatory term of 17 years before a pardon could be considered by the President of Fiji.

In summing up the case, Justice Temo told the court Lino on June 21, 2013, went to the home he was staying in at Namotomoto Village and took a kitchen knife which he tucked at his back.

The court heard he then crossed the road and went to the deceased to ask for money when suddenly he grabbed the kitchen knife from his back and stabbed the deceased in the right chest.

Justice Temo stated that Lino was found not to be mentally impaired at the time and by his act he had ruined the deceased’s family’s life.

It was stated in court that Lino was unemployed and was a former patient of Saint Giles Hospital and he spent most of his time roaming around Nadi Town.

“The wife of the deceased had lost a husband and the children had lost a father. You have shown no regard to the deceased’s right to life and you must not complain when your liberty is taken away to pay for your crime,” said Justice Temo.

It was stated by Justice Temo that the sentence was designed to punish Lino in a manner that was just, to protect the community from would-be offenders, to set preconditions for rehabilitation and to signify that the court and the community denounced what he did to the deceased.

Edited by Naisa Koroi
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