Crime & Court

Two On Burglary Charges Get Suspended Sentence And Serve Time Respectively

Two 19-year-old men, who broke into a home in Khalsa Road and stole more than $1500 worth of items, were sentenced by the High Court in Suva yesterday. Richard Loganimoce
05 Jun 2020 10:12
Two On Burglary Charges Get Suspended Sentence And Serve Time Respectively

Two 19-year-old men, who broke into a home in Khalsa Road and stole more than $1500 worth of items, were sentenced by the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Richard Loganimoce and Peni Vodivodi both pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated burglary and theft.

On January 1 this year they broke into the house when the owner was not home and stole the following items:

$45 radio, a DVD player worth $150, a training machine valued at $350, gold necklace valued at $550, a pink wallet containing $110 cash, ID and bank cards, a blue purse with $50 cash inside, a silver clutch worth $30, a black adidas bag valued at $18, an iron valued at $45, a wedding ring worth $150, canteen coins worth $15 and a t-shirt valued at $18

The entry to the house was made through the window after removing the mesh wire and louvre blades.

The complainant found out that his house was broken into when he returned home that night.

Some of the stolen items were recovered upon their arrest.

During sentencing, Justice Daniel Goundar said Loganimoce had a disadvantaged background after being raised by a single mother when his father passed away in 2005.

Due to financial hardship he dropped out of school at Year 10 and left his home to live with a relative in 2017. He never had a job to sustain himself.

Vodivodi on the other hand came from a more stable upbringing.

He was raised by his mother, completed high school and passed his final exam. After completing high school, he had been unemployed.

Justice Goundar considered the aggravating factors that the house was burgled and items of sentimental value such as jewellery and a wedding ring was stolen when the owner was not home.

He said the primary purpose of sentences for burglary and theft was deterrence because the offences were prevalent in the community.

The mitigating factors were that there was partial recovery of the items, their co-operation with Police and the fact that the second accused is a first offender.

Justice Goundar sentenced both men to 18 months imprisonment.

He suspended Vodivodi’s sentence for three years and ordered Loganimoce to serve his sentence since he reoffended while serving a suspended sentence for a previous case.

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