Vul­tures wait­ing for prey, Suva court told

They roam the streets at night and are linked to rob­beries, Mag­is­trate says

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Edited by Maraia Vula JES­SICA GOUNDER Feed­back: jes­sica.gounder@fi­jisun.com.fj

Some peo­ple roam the streets at night “wait­ing like vul­tures for their prey”, the Suva Mag­is­trates Court was told yes­ter­day. Mag­is­trate Shageeth So­maratne said this has re­sulted in peo­ple been robbed. Mag­is­trate So­maratne made these com­ments when he sen­tenced Te­vita Vakata­lai to five years and nine months in jail with a non-pa­role pe­riod of five years. Vakata­lai was con­victed of rob­bing a man of his iPhone out­side a Suva night­club on June 4. Mr So­maratne said: “The pub­lic come to night clubs af­ter a busy week to re­lax and they ex­pect to en­joy their time, but have been sub­ject to peo­ple like you. “A se­vere sen­tence needs to be passed in cases like this to pro­tect the pub­lic and de­ter these of­fences from hap­pen­ing.” The court heard that when the rob­bery vic­tim came out of the night­club to check his email, Vakata­lai came from be­hind him and grabbed his phone. Vakata­lai man­aged to es­cape af­ter a strug­gle with the vic­tim who had caught him by his shirt.

He was later iden­ti­fied by the vic­tim when he re­turned to the scene of the crime.

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