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5 years for habitual thief

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, February 16, 2013

A MAN with 25 previous convictions has been declared a habitual offender by the High Court in Suva.

Isei Donumaivanua, 32, a serving prisoner who is married with two children, was convicted of multiple charges of burglary and theft of which 19 were counts of burglary and 16 associated counts of theft.

The facts disclose a spree of burglaries in the area between Suva and Nausori in March and April 2011 and the items stolen were usually gold jewellery and cash.

In sentencing Donumaivanua, Justice Paul Madigan said the accused was a habitual offender and as such the community should be protected against his propensity to commit crime.

Justice Madigan said the accused had written a moving letter of mitigation to the court expressing great remorse and making a vow to reform himself and that he could be a better father to his young family.

Donumaivanua is serving a term of three years. Justice Madigan ordered a three-year term concurrent to his existing term for burglary. However, he said this spree of crime should attract a separate sentence and imposed a two-year term consecutive to the term being served.