Judge gives broth­ers sec­ond chance

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Edited by Naisa Koroi

High Court Judge Jus­tice Aruna Aluthge has given two broth­ers a chance to re­ha­bil­i­tate as young of­fend­ers with a sus­pended sen­tence.

To­masi We­sele, 19, and his 17-year-old brother, ap­peared yesterday be­fore Jus­tice Aluthge in the High Court in Suva.

They were con­victed and sen­tenced for one count each of ag­gra­vated bur­glary and theft.

The broth­ers were given a 12-month im­pris­on­ment sen­tence, sus­pended for two years.

For the of­fence of ag­gra­vated bur­glary, We­sele and his brother, on Jan­uary 2, 2019, at Navua, en­tered Jai Ma­haraj’s house as tres­passers, with the in­tent to com­mit theft.

For the of­fence of theft, We­sele and his brother, on Jan­uary 2, 2019, at Navua, stole one bot­tle of Bom­bay Sap­phire, two bot­tles of Black La­bel, and three pack­ets of choco­lates from Mr Ma­haraj. While sen­tenc­ing the two broth­ers, Jus­tice Aluthge said: “The courts have a duty to de­nounce and de­ter this kind of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

At the same time, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of young and first of­fend­ers should be pro­moted.

“The two ac­cused per­sons have shown gen­uine re­morse and sought for mercy from the court.” The broth­ers have been given 30 days to ap­peal to the Fiji Court of Ap­peal. ASHNA KU­MAR

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