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Farmer, 25, Jailed For Five Years

A 25-year-old farmer yester­day was sentenced to five years in jail by the High Court in Suva for aggravated rob­bery. Josaia Warodo, who was convicted of the charge, appeared before
23 Sep 2018 12:51
Farmer, 25, Jailed For Five Years

A 25-year-old farmer yester­day was sentenced to five years in jail by the High Court in Suva for aggravated rob­bery.

Josaia Warodo, who was convicted of the charge, appeared before Jus­tice Daniel Goundar. He imposed a non-parole period of three years.

Warodo, allegedly along with two suspended police officers Keperieli Ketewai and Luke Tarailai, robbed a 38-year-old businessman of Nau­sori of assorted items to the total value of $1580 in Kadavu on April 2, 2018.

The complainant was in Kadavu to sell second-hand items at the Ka­davu market when the incident oc­curred. Justice Goundar said Waro­do with two others were drunk and ruthless.

“The complainant was physically beaten to the point where he feared for his life,” he said.

“The court has the duty to de­nounce such behaviour on inno­cent members of the public.”

Warodo was given 30 days to ap­peal against his sentence to the Court of Appeal.

For Ketewai and Tarailai, the State lawyer told the court that they were relying on the caution interview.

The defence lawyer told the court that they would challenge cau­tion interview statements and file grounds of voir dire for Tarailai.

For Ketewai and Tarailai the mat­ter was adjourned for pre-trial con­ference to November 2.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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