16-month jail term for theft

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A31-year-old man was sen­tenced to 16 months and one week im­pris­on­ment on Wed­nes­day af­ter he was con­victed of one count of theft. Sa­muela Raleba Laulau ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Liyan­age Wick­ra­masekara and was told that a sus­pen­sion of sen­tence was not jus­ti­fied in his case. On Jan­uary 22, 2018, the ac­cused stole a tra­di­tional In­dian gold wed­ding neck chain val­ued at $1500, the prop­erty of Dhan Bag­ium with the in­ten­tion of per­ma­nently de­priv­ing Ms Bag­ium of the same.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at 10.30am at the Suva Bus Stand when the 55-year-old woman was try­ing to board the bus. Laulau pleaded guilty to the charge.

Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing Mag­is­trate Wick­ra­masekara said the ac­cused had care­fully planned the crime and com­mit­ted it on the un­sus­pect­ing vic­tim in broad day­light.

He said the stolen item was of sen­ti­men­tal value to the vic­tim. For mit­i­ga­tion, the court took into ac­count Laulau’s guilty plea and gave him a three months dis­count.

Mag­is­trate Wick­ra­masekara said by im­pris­on­ing the ac­cused the court was set­ting a de­ter­rent for other peo­ple.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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