Sus­pended sen­tence for at­tempted ar­son

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A 38-year-old woman who tried to burn her brother’s fence has been given a sus­pended sen­tence by the Suva Mag­is­trates Court. Mag­is­trate Shageeth So­maratne told Tu­lia Na­cola: “Even though you are not a young of­fender, you have no past con­vic­tions. You co-op­er­ated with the Po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions and also pleaded guilty at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.” He told Na­cola that she did not waste the re­sources of the court and showed that she was gen­uinely re­morse­ful of her ac­tion. “You have sought for­give­ness in the tra­di­tional man­ner in the vil­lage in Soa, Ra, and this has been ac­cepted by your brother. “Hence even though your be­hav­iour needs to be de­nounced, in my view the main pur­pose of this sen­tence is to al­low you the chance to re­ha­bil­i­tate.”

Na­cola has been sen­tenced to two years im­pris­on­ment sus­pended for three years. On June 22, Na­cola wil­fully and un­law­fully set fire to the wooden fence which was sit­u­ated at the dwelling house of her brother, Michael Na­cola, which could have burnt down the said res­i­den­tial house. JES­SICA GOUNDER Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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