DPP will not appeal Ponipate Turagalevu sentence
July 8, 2016 6:08 am
Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde will not appeal the sentence of imprisonment for Ponipate Turagalevu.
Turagalevu was convicted and sentenced to three years and eleven months imprisonment by the Suva Magistrates’ Court.
He was convicted of two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, two counts of dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm, one count of driving without a valid driver’s license and one count of failing to comply with requirements following an accident.
He was driving a rental car which plunged 40 feet into a gully, killing 2 passengers.
Pryde says the decision to appeal against sentence is considered when there is evidence that the Court has made an error, acted upon wrong principles or imposed a sentence that is outside the tariff.
He adds that a careful review of Turagalevu’s sentence has been carried out and he is satisfied that there was no error.