Jail term for violent robber

A 38-YEAR-OLD salesman charged with one count of robbery with violence was jailed for eight and half years by the High Court in Lautoka on Friday.

Jack Anthony Fraser and an accomplice burgled the house of Lautoka resident Ronika Kiran on October 26, 2009, stealing items worth $21,713.

According to the summary of facts, they stole $3200 in cash, jewellery worth $5779, 10 mobile phones worth $7429, two iPods, one MP3 player, two tabua, a chopper and a black Canterbury carry bag.

The prosecution stated the accused was good friends with the complainant and her husband.

Ms Kiran was assaulted and her mouth and hands were tied with cello tape during the ordeal and the court revealed none of the items were recovered in this case.

While delivering the sentence Justice P Kumararatnam took into account Fraser was married with three children and was the sole breadwinner of his family.

“The aggravating factors in this case are that the robbery was committed with violence and the accused intimidated the residents of the house with a chopper,” he said.

“The robbery was committed on a woman by a group in the absence of her husband, the accused had caused psychological trauma on the victim and instilled a sense of fear into the complainant which may affect her whole life.”

A non-parole period of seven years was imposed.

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