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Two Behind Bars For FRU Break-in, Theft

Two men who pleaded guilty to breaking into the Fiji Rugby Union head of­fice and stealing assorted items were sentenced in the High Court in Suva yesterday. Dhani Ram, 40,
25 Sep 2018 10:04
Two Behind Bars For FRU Break-in, Theft

Two men who pleaded guilty to breaking into the Fiji Rugby Union head of­fice and stealing assorted items were sentenced in the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Dhani Ram, 40, was ordered to serve eight months and one week in jail and the remainder of his three-year sentence was sus­pended for three years.

Ritesh Mani, 36, was sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars, which was partially suspended for three years. He will serve four months and one week of his sentence.

Passing sentence Justice Vin­sent Perera said there was a gross breach of trust between the two men, who were charged with aggravated burglary and theft, and the FRU.

On June 4, 2018, they stole a number of branded T-shirts, jackets, sweaters, pants and bags all to the total value of $818.35 from the FRU office in Suva.

They were carrying out main­tenance work at FRU when they committed the offence.

In mitigation, Mani submitted that he was married with four children and had entered an ear­ly guilty plea.

He said he was a first offender, was remorseful, had co-operated with Police and all items that were stolen were recovered.

Ram submitted that he had six children, was supporting his el­derly mother and was remorse­ful for his actions.

He added that he co-operated with Police and that all items stolen were recovered.

Justice Perera told them that aggravated burglary attracted a maximum sentence of 17 years and 10 years for theft.

State lawyer Zenith Zunaid ap­peared for the Prosecution while Nilesh Sharma represented Ram and Mani. Edited by Epineri Vula

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