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Three men escape custodial sentence

June 1, 2018 11:00 pm

Three young men who robbed a foreign national of more than $13,000 worth of property were handed a suspended sentence by the Suva High Court.

20-year-old Venasio Cawa and Uluitia Toutou and 21-year-old Sefanaia Bale pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary and theft.

The court heard the three entered the apartment of a foreign national between 9th and 10th April and stole items worth $13,583 in Pacific Harbor.

Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza said the aggravating factor was that the three showed no regard to the foreign nationals and they had pre-planned the crime.

Justice Hamza said the mitigating factors was that the three pleaded guilty and are remorseful of their actions.

The High court Judge also said that a large proportion of the items stolen were recovered.

Justice Hamza also said that prisons do not always rehabilitate offenders.

Cawa has been sentenced to one-year six months imprisonment suspended for three years while Bale and Toutou have each been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for three years.