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D-day for child killer

Salaseini Vosamana
Thursday, January 17, 2013

THE fate of a 45-year-old man who punched a child to his death will be known at the High Court in Labasa tomorrow.

Mohammed Shahimpleaded guilty to one count of murder before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday.

The court heard Shahim punched the five-year-old boy several times in the stomach in January last year. The youngster died from the severity of the assault.

State lawyer Sekonaia Vodokisolomone, in his sentencing submission, told the court that Shahim deserved a sentence of life imprisonment for the offence.

In mitigation, defence counsel Mele Lemaki said her client was married with five children and had been remanded in custody for almost a year.

Ms Lemaki said Shahim was a market vendor, the sole bread winner in his family, was a first offender who had never been in trouble with the law and possessed a good character.

"We understand the seriousness of the offence, however, my client is a first offender and deserves a second chance," Ms Lemaki said.

Justice Goundar adjourned the case for sentencing tomorrow.


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