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Magistrate reprimands prison escapees

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, February 02, 2013

THREE men who escaped from the Suva Corrections Centre last year were told that they did not have any sense of human beings.

Sanaila Tabuavula, Frank Konave and Viliame Tuibua appeared before Magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman yesterday.

Mr Lakshman told them that they were sent to prison for a purpose.

The trio escaped from the Suva Corrections Centre last year and they were charged with one count of escaping from lawful custody and damaging property.

In court, Mr Lakshman said the three men needed to change their life and stop wasting their time on criminal activities.

"You don't seem to have any sense of human beings," Mr Lakshman told the trio.

"When you escaped from prison, the community lives in fear," he said.

He told them that Fiji was such a beautiful place where no one could die from hunger because of the natural resources.

"We want people to be productive and do good things in life."

He also reminded them that nothing came easy in life.

Mr Lakshman sentenced Tabuavula to three months imprisonment and eight months for Tuibua.

Konave was sentenced to eight months suspended for two years.


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