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Man handed a suspended sentence

Nanise Loanakadavu
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A MAN who robbed a shop at Vunisea in Kadavu in 2009 will have to ensure he does not reoffend in the next 30 months or he will be thrown into jail for two years.

Leoni Bolawaqatabu was charged with one count of shop breaking, entering and larceny.

He however, escaped a jail term when Magistrate Alipate Mataitini handed a suspended term to him yesterday.

Bolawaqatabu and two others broke into the shop of Jokaveti Sovosi at Vunisea by climbing over the fence and stealing cigarettes and cash valued at $402. The court heard when the shop owner arrived the next morning, she noticed her store was broken into and reported the matter to police.

In mitigation, Bolawaqatabu sought the court's forgiveness and said he was willing to take the blame for the other two. He also promised not to reoffend because his actions were completely out of character.

However, Mr Mataitini said the offence was aggravated by the fact that the items recovered were worth $105.

He sentenced Bolawaqatabu to two years imprisonment and suspended the term for two and a half years.