Judge gives brothers second chance
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