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Fijian national to be deported from NZ

September 3, 2019 5:55 am

A Fijian will be deported from New Zealand for breaking into a house to proposition a woman for sex.

Stuff.co.nz reports 23-year-old Ratu Vereniki Romuakalou, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.

Romuakalou broke into the house in the early hours of Sunday April 14, through an unsecured rear door.

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He turned on the light and moved towards the woman, who had been sleeping in the lounge near a newborn baby she had been babysitting.

She ran from the room, alerting the other members of the household.

Romuakalou fled but was located by police a short distance away.

In a statement to police, he said he went into the house “looking for someone to have sex with”, and had been very drunk at the time.

Lawyer Emma Riddell said Romuakalou was remorseful and very ashamed for his actions, and wanted it to be known he did not mean to frighten the woman.

Judge David Ruth sentenced Romuakalou to a total of 13 months in prison, some of which had already been served since he was taken into custody on April 15.

He said there were no post-detention conditions to be imposed, with Romuakalou to be deported to Fiji as soon as possible after completing his sentence.

 

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