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Tulele To Be Sentenced Monday

Staff Sergeant Iowane Naivalurua Tulele, who was found guilty with 32 counts of obtaining financial ad­vantage by deception, will be sentenced on Monday. He appeared before the Republic of Fiji
15 Dec 2018 17:51
Tulele To Be Sentenced Monday
Staff Sergeant Iowane Naivalurua Tulele (left) and defence lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo outside of Republic of Fiji Military Forces General Court at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks on December 14, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

Staff Sergeant Iowane Naivalurua Tulele, who was found guilty with 32 counts of obtaining financial ad­vantage by deception, will be sentenced on Monday.

He appeared before the Republic of Fiji Military Forces General Court Martial at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks yesterday.

Between October 8, 2015 and February 11, 2016 at Berk­ley Crescent in Suva by deception of making deductions from 32 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) person­nel, Tulele dishonestly obtained a financial advantage of $54,630 from the RFMF.

The General Court Martial prosecutor was Captain Aisea Paka and defence lawyer was Filimoni Vosarogo.

Captain Paka said Tulele had shown a lack of remorse.

“This was a case that showed that the accused was moti­vated by greed. The accused did not take the step to pay a single cent back to RFMF,” Captain Paka said.

“The accused used the RFMF Pay office as his own pay machine. This is a case of a continuous offence against RFMF.”

Captain Paka added that the sentence that will be given to Tulele should be sounding a message within their institu­tion, as a warning to would be offenders not to commit the same type of offence.

Mr Vosarogo, in his mitigation, said Tulele was remorse­ful for his action.

“He is 39-years-old and a father of five children. Please consider the character witness that gave evidence. This is a summary offence and not an indictable offence,” he said.

“He is a first offender and he has a young family.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj


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