Judge warns alleged home invaders
October 9, 2017 1:57 am
Suva High Court Judge Justice Salesi Temo has strictly warned four alleged home invaders, that if found guilty they will be given harsh sentences.
The Judge said home invasion cases are rapidly increasing and the court will not tolerate those who commit such offenses.
Taitusi Delai and Nacanieli Bakata are charged with one count each of aggravated robbery, theft and theft of motor vehicle while Josaia Dobui and Ilaitia Vuivuda are charged with aggravated robbery.
They allegedly entered the home of an accountant in Navua and stole assorted items worth over seven thousand dollars as well as their family car in the early hours of September 15th.
Prosecution informed the court that all the four accused were allegedly armed with kitchen knives and iron rods and they allegedly threatened and tied the complainants with cello tape and as a result they sustained injuries.
Three accused appeared without a counsel and they were told by the Judge to engage a lawyer for themselves.
Justice Temo said home invasion is a serious crime and he needs to protect the public from such perpetrators.
The Judge said if the accused person’s are found guilty they may be sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment.
They have been remanded in custody and the matter has been adjourned to November 3rd.