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Man Jailed Eight Years For Aggravated Robbery

A man who pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery and one count of theft was sentenced to eight years in imprisonment by the High Court in Suva. Justice
16 Sep 2018 11:28
Man Jailed Eight Years For Aggravated  Robbery

A man who pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery and one count of theft was sentenced to eight years in imprisonment by the High Court in Suva.

Justice Salesi Temo sentenced Josaia Dobui on Friday.

Dobui, who had pleaded guilty, with two others, had entered the home of a person and stole assorted items and cash to the total value of $63,533 on September 15, 2017 in Navua.

It was also said that he stole $1000 cash from a BSP ATM in Sigatoka with the card he stole from the person’s wife.

Justice Temo while reading the sentence said that Dobui with two others entered the home while the family were sleeping armed with kitchen knives.

He stated that Dobui tied up the husband and wife while their two children, aged two and four years, witnessed the incident.

The two others who accompanied him drove away with the complainant’s vehicle to an ATM to check if the Personal Identification Number (PIN) was correct while Dobui stayed guard.

Justice Temo said: “When it was confirmed that the PIN number worked, Dobui fled the house.

“The crime was carried out after careful pre-planning and under frightening circumstances.

“The offence committed by Dobui was a serious offence,” Justice Temo said.

For aggravated robbery, Dobui was sentenced to eight years imprisonment. For theft, he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. Justice Temo said both the sentences were to be served concurrently with a non-parole period of seven years.

Dobui was given 30 days to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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