A CABLE thief guilty of stealing Telecommunications Fiji Limited copper wires worth about $50,000 in Ba in 2011 has been jailed for two years by the High Court in Lautoka.
Paula Bete, who was charged with three counts of theft over the stolen cables that were unlawfully taken between October and November in 2011, pleaded guilty to the offences.
According to the court, Bete was a part of group that went on a stealing spree in Vatulaulau, Namosau and Yalalevu.
The court heard that between October 19-20, the accused with two other men dishonestly appropriated copper cables worth $1700.
Bete then joined two other men on November 7 to steal TFL cables worth $39,000 and a month later, the accused joined another group and stole more cables worth more than $3737.
The court revealed that the total amount of cables stolen by the accused alone was worth $49, 837.50.
In sentencing the accused, Justice Sudharshana De Silva said Bete had 10 previous convictions, six of those were for similar offences.
He added the crime was highly organised with little of the stolen goods recovered.