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Man Jailed 17 Months For Burglary, Theft

  A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 months imprisonment for burglary and theft by the High Court. Jayden Singh was charged and had pleaded guilty to one count
20 Dec 2018 10:00
Man Jailed 17 Months For  Burglary, Theft

 

A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 months imprisonment for burglary and theft by the High Court.

Jayden Singh was charged and had pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and theft.

On January 19, 2018, Singh entered into the property of Salendra Kumar as a trespasser with the intent to commit theft.

On that day, Singh dishonestly appropriated one wrist watch Citizen brand, one Samsung mobile phone, one Samsung laptop, two hard drives, one mobile charger, three bottles of perfume, one USB, one laptop bag, $500 cash, with the intention to permanently deprive the complainant.

While sentencing, Suva High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said the offence of burglary was a serious offence.

“This is a case where you have entered into the house of the complainant in the night, when the occupants in the house were sleeping,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

“Burglars invade the space of others’ freedom in order to steal from them.

“The offence of burglary is one of the dangerous forms of property crime as the offender can create fear and insecurity among the people.

“Thus, the purpose of this sentence is found on the principal of deterrence and protection of the community.

“I am mindful of the principal of rehabilitation, however, it is my opinion that the need of deterrence outweighs the principal of rehabilitation,” Justice Rajasinghe said.

Singh was given 30 days to appeal to the Fiji Court of Appeal.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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