Mandatory Life Term For Ex-Soldier

There was absolutely no need for you to kill her,” former soldier Timoci Lolohea, 56, was told when he was sentenced for a charge of murder in the High Court
09 May 2018 11:22
Mandatory Life Term For Ex-Soldier
Timoci Lolohea after he was sentenced for life, minimum of 18 years in prison by High Court on May 8, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

There was absolutely no need for you to kill her,” former soldier Timoci Lolohea, 56, was told when he was sentenced for a charge of murder in the High Court in Suva.

The remark was made by Justice Salesi Temo yesterday when he sentenced Lolohea to mandatory life imprisonment. Lolohea will serve 18 years before he could ap­ply for presidential pardon.

The court found Lolohea guilty and convicted him accordingly for the murder of Elenoa Dicovi by stabbing her with two knives on March 20th, 2017.

The court heard that on the date of the murder, Lolohea was 55 years old while Ms Dicovi was 23.

Ms Dicovi was Lolohea’s de-facto partner since 2012. They met when Ms Dicovi came to Suva to stay with Lolohea and his legal wife in Nadonumai, Suva.

The court further heard that Ms Dicovi was 18 years old at the time and Lolohea was 51 years old and they later had a daughter.

Ms Dicovi was working for Lolo­hea’s logistics company and later found work at Damodar City cin­emas.

Justice Temo said Ms Dicovi be­gan to work late in the night and Lolohea later found out about her affair with another man.

“You confronted her and she ad­mitted. She left you as a result and she took you two’s daughter to La­basa,” Justice Temo said.

He said Ms Dicovi moved into Nasilivata Street as a live-in nan­ny and Lolohea tracked her down where he pleaded for her return and she refused.

“You were angry and jealous. You couldn’t accept that she was leav­ing you. You planned to kill her,” Justice Temo said.

“On March 20, 2017, you went to Nasilivata Street and called her. She came to you and you then re­peatedly stabbed her with two knives. You admitted you intended to stab her to death.”

Justice Temo said there was only one sentence for murder and that was a mandatory life imprison­ment according to Section 237 of the Crimes Act 2009.

“The law gives the court power to fix a minimum term to be served before a pardon maybe considered by the President of the Republic of Fiji.”

This is according to Section 119 of the 2013 Fijian Constitution.

He said Lolohea had several non-violent options open to him to choose from and tackle the prob­lem, but he, however, chose mur­der.

Justice Temo said Lolohea had to pay the price for choosing the op­tion of murder and that was man­datory imprisonment.

Who is Timoci Lolohea?

Hails from Tacilevu, Savusavu.

He attended Tacilevu Primary School and later Gospel High School

He joined the Republic of Fiji of Fiji Military Forces in 1981 when he was 19 years old

He is married with four children

He spent 14 years with the RFMF

While at the RFMF he went on eight tours of duty overseas

He was Warrant Officer Class 2 when he resigned at 33 years of age

He then started as a private security officer and served in several different countries including Sinai, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, PNG and Bougainville Island.

While he has a clean criminal record, in 2015 he was fined $6000 for not abiding by Fijian laws in regards to enlisting and sending people to work overseas.

In 2012 Lolohea and Elenoa Dicovi were in a de-facto relationship

In 2015 the pair had a child

In 2016 Ms Dicovi had an affair. Lolohea found out about the affair. Ms Dicovi left Lolohea.

March 20, 2017: Lolohea murdered his de-facto partner. On the same day and on March 21, he had a caution interview at the Valelevu Police Station – he admitted stabbing her.

March 22, 2017, Lolohea appeared in the Nasinu Magistrates Court charged with Ms Dicovi’s murder.

He was remanded in custody for one year, one month and 17 days since March 20, 2017.

The trial took place on April 30 to May 3.

The summing up and judgment were on May 7. The sentencing was on May 8.

Losirene Lacanivalu

Edited by Epineri Vula

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