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1 year in jail for burglar

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, February 22, 2013

A 29-YEAR-OLD man charged with two counts of burglary and theft will spend one year behind bars.

Iliesa Cuanilawa was convicted of burglary and theft by the Suva Magistrates Court on Wednesday and appeared before Magistrate Chaitanya Lakshman.

The court heard that early this year, Cuanilawa broke into the flat of a University of the South Pacific (USP) student and stole household items worth more than $1000.

The items include washing machine, television set, DVD player and other items.

Mr Lakshman said only $800 worth of items were recovered, and the washing machine however, could not be recovered by police.

In court, Cuanilawa asked for forgiveness saying he was married with one child who heavily depended on him.

He said his actions were completely out of character because he committed the crime under the influence of alcohol.

Mr Lakshman said it was not an excuse because Cuanilawa planned his actions well.

The sentences are to be served concurrently.


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