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‘Cowardly’ Thugs Get 12 Years Jail Time

On the same day, at Sports City in Suva, Sarai and Koroitamana with others, robbed Roseline Mudaliar of a handbag and FJD$500 cash, the property of Roseline Mudaliar.
16 May 2019 12:44
‘Cowardly’ Thugs Get 12 Years Jail Time
High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo.

Cowardly men who attack an unarmed female worker going about her lawful business will not be tolerated by the courts.

The statement was made by High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo while sentencing Ilaitia Sarai and Lorima Koroitamana.

They were tried and found guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery.

On September 25, 2017, at Sports City in Suva, Sarai and Koroitamana with others, robbed Roseline Mudaliar of USD$50, GBP$600, AUD$195, NZ$455, FJD$2921.50 and three blank cheques valued at FJD$4221.50, the property of Real Forex Exchange office.

On the same day, at Sports City in Suva, Sarai and Koroitamana with others, robbed Roseline Mudaliar of a handbag and FJD$500 cash, the property of Roseline Mudaliar.

On the day of the incident, at 8.30am, Ms Mudaliar opened the main door of the Real Forex Exchange office at Sports City and went into her office, which was separated from the customer area by a counter and glass partition.

Suddenly Sarai and Koroitamana went through the main office door while other two were on guard outside the office.

Koroitamana climbed over the counter and glass partition and went into Ms Mudaliar’s office and opened the office door for Sarai to get in.

Justice Temo said aggravated robbery as a criminal offence, was viewed seriously by law-makers of this country, and it carried a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

While sentencing the two, Justice Temo said: “You two subdued her by threats and intimidation and and punched her on the head and back.

“This was a cowardly attack on an unarmed female worker going about her lawful business. You must realise that the court will not tolerate such cowardly behaviour.

“You will have to serve a prison term to persuade you to strive for other more worthy endeavours rather than criminal activities.

“By offending against the female complainant, you two showed no regard to her right as a human being, her right not to be harmed, her right to a peaceful and happy life and her right to enjoy her properties that you stole from her.

“Pursuant to Section 4 (1) of the Sentencing and Penalties Act 2009, the sentence is designed to punish you two in a manner that is just in all circumstances, to protect the community from people like you two, to deter other would be offenders and to signify that the court and the community denounce what you did to Ms Mudaliar on September 25, 2017,” Justice Temo said.

The two were each handed a sentence of 12 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 11 years, effective forthwith.

They were given 30 days to appeal to the Fiji Court of Appeal.

Edited by Percy Kean

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