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Death-driver husband’s sentence cut

Aman serving two years and six months imprison­ment for dangerous driving which led to the death of his wife on January 29 last year was sen­tenced afresh in the Lautoka
16 Nov 2017 11:15
Death-driver husband’s sentence cut

Aman serving two years and six months imprison­ment for dangerous driving which led to the death of his wife on January 29 last year was sen­tenced afresh in the Lautoka High Court on Monday.

Seveci Kelikelivula was convicted and sentenced in the Rakiraki Mag­istrates Court on February 15, 2017.

He agreed to the summary of facts of the case.

On January 29 last year at about 5:30am at Kings Road the 55-year-old man was driving a rental car in a dangerous manner which led to the death of his 55-year-old wife, a retired teacher of Tavua.

On that day Kelikelivula was driv­ing while his wife was sitting in the front passenger seat and they were heading to Suva for vacation.

He slept on the way and did not know the speed he was driving on.

All of a sudden when he opened his eyes he saw that the vehicle was running off road on the left side; he then overturned the steering wheel which caused the car to travel at a high speed over to the opposite side of the road and hit a coconut tree.

The vehicle tumbled over a steep slope. His wife died of excessive blood loss with multiple traumatic injuries and a fractured pelvic bone.

The accused filed an appeal on the grounds that the magistrate had erred in law and fact when he failed to record relevant consideration.

Kelikelivula submitted that his sentence was harsh and excessive in all circumstances.

He also submitted in his applica­tion that the magistrate erred in principle when he disallowed ad­equate discount on his early guilty plea and good character.

Judge Justice Aruna Aluthge quashed the magistrate’s initial sentence and reduced the accused’s sentence by six months.

He sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment effective from March 15 this year and stated that he did not want to interfere with the magistrate’s decision not to im­pose a non-parole period.

Edited Ranoba Baoa

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