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34 months in jail for police attack

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A 45-YEAR-OLD man who stole some items and assaulted a police officer in Vunicuicui outside Labasa in 2009 was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment yesterday.

Etuate Turanamu appeared before Magistrate Sia'iniu Fa'alogo Bull in the Labasa Magistrates Court yesterday.

Turanamu was charged with one count of burglary and assault.

Magistrate Bull found him guilty of the charges and sentenced him to 34 months imprisonment.

The court heard the complainants noticed their house was broken into after returning from a friend's house in March 14, 2009.

The complainant also noticed that some items in their house were missing and reported the matter to police.

Upon investigation, Turanamu confessed to police that he had stolen the items.

In sentencing, Magistrate Bull said Turanamu was a man of previous convictions.

"You have committed about 13 offences in the last 10 years and this makes you a habitual offender of this country," she said.

"In mitigation, you stated that you were single and a farmer earning about $100 in a fortnight and were remorseful for your actions."

Magistrate Bull sentenced Turanamu to 16 months imprisonment for the one count of burglary and 18 months for assault.

Turanamu was given 28 days to appeal the sentence.