Human traffickers appeal against sentence and conviction
April 9, 2019 7:05 am
Two men serving prison terms for trafficking children have appealed against their sentence and conviction.
Inoke Raikadroka was convicted of two counts of slavery and five counts of domestic trafficking in children while Mohammed Sheefaz Sagaitu was convicted of two counts of domestic trafficking in children.
Raikadroka was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 14 years while Sagaitu was sentenced to 12-years imprisonment with non-parole period of 10-years in 2014.
Raikadroka and Sagaitu trafficked two girls aged 15 and 17 years and a 20-year-old woman between Suva and Nadi from May to December 12th, 2012.
Raikadroka had appealed on the grounds that the trial judge failed to take into account the fact that the complainants had consented to stay with them.
He also appealed that the trial judge failed to take into account the fact that the complainants had intended to pursue sexual services to ear.
He also appealed that the trial judge had uttered prejudicial comments against him prior to the summing up which resulted in the trial being miscarried and that the sentence his harsh and excessive.
Sagaitu is also appealing against his sentence and conviction
The Legal aid lawyer representing the two sought time yesterday to finalize the court records.