Vultures waiting for prey, Suva court told
They roam the streets at night and are linked to robberies, Magistrate says
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.