Crime

Couple Who Stole $15,000 Plus Worth of Homeware Jailed Two Years

The court heard that the property which the couple entered and stole the items from, belonged to Nesbitt Hazelman who was away in Geneva and the property was looked after by a caretaker.
19 Jun 2019 12:59
Couple Who Stole $15,000 Plus Worth of Homeware Jailed Two Years
From left: John Isaac and Sera Naivalurua at the High Court in Suva, on June 18, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A former Republic of the Fiji Military Forces and Fiji Corrections Service employee has been jailed for two years with his wife.

John Isaac, 32, and Sera Naivalurua, 33, were convicted for two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft, and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 18 months by the High Court Judge Justice Aruna Aluthge yesterday.

Isaac and Naivalurua on June 5 and June 8, 2018, at Suva, entered the premises of the complainant as trespassers with the intent to commit theft.

On June 5, 2018, they stole one 65 inch Hitachi flat screen television set valued at $3500, one Sharp brand microwave oven valued at $400, and a toaster, all to the total value of $4000.

On June 8, 2018, they stole one Hisense metallic refrigerator valued at $2000, one Simpson washing machine valued at $1000, a round dining table and four chairs valued at $1200, two English chairs valued at $1500, one black autumn leather chair valued at $1500, assorted white plates valued at $300, bakeret stainless steel pots valued at $600, Sony brand stereo valued at $2000, four chairs valued at $200, carved table valued at $1500, and four chairs valued at $200, all to the total valued at $11,800.

The court heard that the property which the couple entered and stole the items from, belonged to Nesbitt Hazelman who was away in Geneva and the property was looked after by a caretaker.

While sentencing the couple, Justice Aluthge said the background of both of the accused persons did not meet the aggravating factor for the court to show leniency.

“The harsh sentence was to denounce your offending and to deter would-be offenders from committing such offences in the future,” he said.

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

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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