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Decline in dalo thefts

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, January 24, 2013

THE rate at which people are being jailed for dalo theft on Taveuni has declined over the past two years.

The positive result has been attributed to the Restorative Justice Program which requires inmates to plant five times the amount of dalo they stole as part of their rehabilitation.

The Corrections Service's Northern supervisor ASP Penisoni Tuapati said 11 inmates were jailed in 2010 for stealing dalo while only three were convicted of the offence last year.

ASP Tuapati has attributed this to aggressive awareness campaigns conducted by the service.

"The program was introduced in 2010 as dalo theft was frequent on the island at that time," he said.

"Since last year, only three were convicted and they all managed to plant 400 dalo to replace what they initially stole."