Attempted robbery lands man in jail

A MAN convicted of one count of attempted aggravated robbery was told that his sentence should be a deterrent to any future offenders and would also protect taxidrivers.

Marika Bola, 23, was sentenced to four years imprisonment and was not given a non-parole period by the High Court in Suva on Thursday.

Bola appeared before High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar.

The offence took place on February 9 this year in Flagstaff, Suva.

Bola and a group of men tried to rob a taxidriver.

While passing the sentence, Justice Goundar said the aggravating factor in the case was that physical violence was inflicted on a taxidriver, resulting in a bruised eye.

He said the taxi industry in this country provided a cheap vital link in short and medium haul transport.

Justice Goundar also said the risk of personal harm taxidrivers encountered everyday could only be minimised by harsh deterrent sentences that might instil in prospective muggers the knowledge that if they hurt or harm a taxidriver, they would receive a lengthy imprisonment term.