Crime

‘Habitual Offender’ Gets 10 Years For Burglary And Theft

Justice Morais said the criminal act was pre-planned and none of the items stolen were recovered.
05 Jul 2019 16:02
‘Habitual Offender’ Gets 10 Years For Burglary And Theft

Burglary and theft offences are on the rise and the courts have a duty to set a deterrent, says High Court Judge Justice Chamath Morais.

Justice Morais made the comment while sentencing a “habitual offender” to 10 years in prison. Jimi Toliva was found guilty of aggravated burglary and theft. On May 20, 2018, Toliva with another person broke into a hotel at Gordon Street in Suva and stole assorted items amounting to $1637.

Justice Morais said the criminal act was pre-planned and none of the items stolen were recovered.

He said such crimes had been on the rise and the courts were dealing with such cases regularly.

He told Toliva that he had 17 previous convictions, all of which were similar in nature, and therefore had come to the conclusion that he was a habitual offender.

According to Justice Morais the courts had a duty to send a message to would-be offenders that they were going to hand heavier sentences as a deterrent.

Toliva will need to serve nine years in jail before he is eligible for parole.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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