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Minister Akbar Praises DPP

Ms Akbar said the appeal by the DPP is the kind of action needed to protect children as such crimes cannot be treated with leniency.
15 Feb 2022 12:11
Minister Akbar Praises DPP
Simione Tugi. escorted to court.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar commended the Director of Public Prosecutions for appealing the 30-month sentence of a man charged with buying minors under the age of 18 years old.

Simione Tugi, 30, pleaded guilty to buying minors for immoral purposes between January 1 to January 28, 2015 in Nabua, Suva.

He obtained possession of a 16-year-old girl for illicit sexual intercourse with others after approaching her at a Kava shop in Nabua and asking her whether she was willing to make some money.

On two occasions Tugi arranged for men to have sex with her in exchange for money.

He was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment on 17th December, 2021 and ordered to serve an immediate custodial sentence with a non-parole period of 24 months.

Ms Akbar said the appeal by the DPP is the kind of action needed to protect children as such crimes cannot be treated with leniency.

The two grounds of appeal are that the sentence imposed was manifestly lenient given the tariff set in other similar offences and that the court fell into error by failing to provide reasons for fixing the non-parole period so close to the head sentence.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

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