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Salesi Temo: Poverty Led Mother To Commit Offence

Raceva was initially charged for one count of murder for her newborn baby, however, the High Court had found her guilty for one count of infanticide.
24 Mar 2019 10:20
Salesi Temo: Poverty Led Mother To Commit Offence
Tavenisa Raceva. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A 41-year-old single mother from Navua who was found guilty of infanticide has been placed under supervisory probation for two years by the High Court in Suva on Friday.

Tavenisa Raceva who has been found guilty of suffocating her seven-day-old baby boy in March, 2017 appeared before Justice Salesi Temo.

Raceva was initially charged for one count of murder for her newborn baby, however, the High Court had found her guilty for one count of infanticide.

Raceva was not given any custodial sentence, however, she will be supervised by the probation officer from the Navua Magistrates Court.

Justice Temo said Raceva would undergo counselling, remain at her residence in Navua and if she failed to follow the orders of the court or commits another offence, she would be liable to be sentenced by the court.

“The accused was finding it hard to make ends meet as she was raising her children as a single mom as well as looking after her 82-year-old mother.

She lives in poverty which led her to commit the offence.

“The loss of an innocent infant’s life is a serious concern.

“The infant had looked for his mother for protection. It is a tragic loss of life,” Justice Temo said.

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

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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