Rob­bery! Man to spend 6 years in jail

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A30-year-old man was sen­tenced to six years and 11 months im­pris­on­ment for two counts of ag­gra­vated rob­bery. Mag­is­trate Shageeth So­maratne while sen­tenc­ing Koroi Vek­iso said: “The public need to be pro­tected in this coun­try and also the mes­sage needs to be given that these of­fences will be dealt with se­vere sen­tences to de­ter fu­ture of­fend­ers.” The court facts state that on June 25, 2015 at Lot 56 Up­per Ragg Av­enue, Na­madi Heights; Sang Te Park was driving his ve­hi­cle with his wife Mikyung Kim and upon reach­ing their res­i­dence whilst they were still seated in their ve­hi­cle, the two un­known sus­pects opened the doors of the ve­hi­cle and as­saulted Sang Te Park by punch­ing him on the face. Vek­iso ad­mit­ted that he was the driver in the rob­bery and that he dropped the un­known sus­pects at Sang Te Park res­i­dence where they robbed the cou­ple. Vek­iso then later picked both sus­pects at their ren­dezvous point. Vek­iso pleaded guilty on Au­gust 3, 2016.

For mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors the court con­sid­ered that Vek­iso is mar­ried with three chil­dren and that he co­op­er­ated with the Po­lice. He has a non-pa­role pe­riod of 5 years.

Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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