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Man starts afresh

Ioane Burese
Saturday, January 26, 2013

WATISONI Tavuto, 29, is determined to put the past behind him and start afresh after the Fiji Corrections Service returned him to his Nasama Village in Nadroga last week.

According to a statement from the Corrections Service's West media liaison officer Semesa Uluiviti, Mr Tavuto just completed a prison term of four months for theft. It was an emotional moment for Mr Tavuto, his wife and his family.

"This is the first and the last time that I'll go to prison and now I will start a new life to work towards a better future," he said.

Mr Tavuto's plan was to go into vegetable farming.

"I want to do something useful with my life. I will make use of what I have learned in prison and ensure that I don't end up again on that path," said Mr Tavuto.

He said his experience in jail had changed him for better.

"Prison is not a good place to be, however, for those who had already been there, they are lucky to be disciplined and corrected," he said.

Mr Uluiviti said all inmates discharged from corrections institutions were to be properly handed over to their families upon release.