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Farm For A Better Life: Justice Temo

Justice Temo said the offences showed the accused was out of his parents control and that the way he behaved with serious offences, he was asking for a prison sentence.
22 Oct 2021 12:22
Farm For A Better Life: Justice Temo
High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo. Photo: Ronald Kumar

High Court judge Justice Salesi Temo this week took a swipe at a mother attending court for her juvenile son.

The 16-year-old is charged with one count of aggravated robbery in each of his two High Court criminal action files.

It is alleged that the juvenile with others on August 22 and July 31, 2021, at Suva robbed two different complainants of their belongings.

Justice Temo questioned the mother why her son attracted Police attention and ended up in court?

She said she was living in Namara in Ra and the juvenile had come to Suva to attend his older cases.

She told the court that her son was only educated up to Year 8.

Justice Temo said the offences showed the accused was out of his parents control and that the way he behaved with serious offences, he was asking for a prison sentence.

“The choice in life he is making is a prison, not farm,” Justice Temo said.

“Everybody in Ra has land and land is money but you have to sweat for it.

“You have to talk to your son before it is too late.

“I have thrown people in prison for 14 years for this offence.

“The money your son earned from these offences is peanuts compared to what he can earn from farming,” Justice Temo told the mother of the accused.

He also told the juvenile to go back to the land and farm for a better life.

Justice Temo granted bail to the juvenile and ordered him to reside with his mother and follow her directions.

The files were remitted to the Magistrates Court in Suva for trial and will be called for mention on October 28.

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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