Cig­a­rettes, recharge cards, tinned fish bur­glars get sus­pended sen­tence

They pleaded guilty to the of­fence at the first avail­able op­por­tu­nity.

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Two men from Nadala Vil­lage in Nadari­vatu, who stole cig­a­rettes, recharge cards, and cook­ies, have been sen­tenced to 25 months and three weeks im­pris­on­ment sus­pended for three years.

Orisi Qi­olevu and Isei Ya­cakuru robbed a vil­lage shop on Au­gust 2 last year af­ter the owner and her fam­ily had gone to church. They en­tered the shop by re­mov­ing three lou­vre blades and climb­ing in through the win­dow.

Af­ter they left the shop they went to Ya­cakuru’s house and hid some of the items near the road af­ter eat­ing a can of Ocean Blue tinned fish and smoked four cig­a­rettes from a stolen packet of BH10.

While sen­tenc­ing the duo, High Court Judge Jus­tice Chamath Mo­rais con­sid­ered the ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors that the home in­va­sion was pre-planned and there was a preva­lence of ag­gra­vated bur­glary and theft cases in so­ci­ety.

He said the of­fences had in­creased be­cause of le­niency at which they are dealt with adding that, ‘so­ci­ety now de­mands an un­sym­pa­thetic and/or stern ju­di­cial ap­proach on these types of of­fences in or­der to cur­tain them’.

In mit­i­ga­tion, the pair said they were young of­fend­ers and were re­morse­ful.

They pleaded guilty to the of­fence at the first avail­able op­por­tu­nity.

They were given 30 days to ap­peal to the Fiji Court of Ap­peal.

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