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Man Awaits Sentencing For Breaking Into Shop

High Court Judge Justice Temo said there were a lot of aggravated robberies in the country and the tariff was becoming redundant. He said it was time the tariff went
17 Mar 2018 10:00
Man Awaits Sentencing For Breaking Into Shop

High Court Judge Justice Temo said there were a lot of aggravated robberies in the country and the tariff was becoming redundant. He said it was time the tariff went up.

 

A 64-year-old man will be sentenced by High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo next Wednesday for breaking into the Bargain Saver Shop in Suva on August 7, 2016.

Kelepi Ledua appeared in court yesterday represented by Legal Aid lawyer, Lisiate Qetaki.

Ledua pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted accordingly.

On the first count of aggravated burglary, while equipped with a pinch bar, a hammer and an exo blade, Ledua broke into the shop with intent to commit theft.

He then stole $30,000 and AU$30,000 (equivalent to FJ$45,744) all to the total sum of $75,744, the property of Bargain Saver, with the intention of permanently depriving the shop of their property.

During the burglary, he wilfully and unlawfully damaged the ceiling panel worth $100 and a safe locker valued at $20,000, all to the value of $20,100, the property of Tebara Halal Meat.

Ledua also admitted resisting a Police constable while being arrested.

State lawyer Lavenia Bogitini read out the summary of facts in court and served the same to Justice Temo and Mr Qetaki.

She also submitted Ledua’s previous convictions.

He had two relevant convictions in the last 10 years.

This was not challenged by the defence.

In mitigation, Mr Qetaki submitted that his client had been in remand for one year, seven months and nine days.

He said his client’s wife had left him while he was in remand.

The accused has two daughters, one aged 14 years and the other was 12-years-old.

Mr Qetaki said Ledua was a farmer who lived in Muaniweni in Naitasiri.

He said he had gained nothing from the burglary and sought the courts forgiveness and leniency in passing his sentence.

Ms Bogitini said the offence was an organised crime and it was a violation of property rights.

She requested for three years imprisonment term to be imposed on the higher end of the tariff.

Justice Temo said there were a lot of aggravated robberies in the country and the tariff was becoming redundant.

He said it was time the tariff went up.

The accused has been remanded in custody and the case was adjourned to March 22.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce



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