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Jail time for robber

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, January 04, 2014

A YOUNG man will spend the next two years and 10 months in jail after the Suva Magistrates Court sentenced him for aggravated robbery.

Sairusi Matia, 21, pleaded guilty on his own accord for an offence he committed with two other people two years ago.

Matia admitted robbing a man outside McDonald's Restaurant in Suva a little over two years ago.

The man was heavily intoxicated with alcohol when the three robbed the man of his phone and other personal belongings worth over $2000.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili told Matia that the maximum sentence for the offence was 20 years, but with the nature of the crime, he was starting the jail tariff at six years.

The court considered the fact that during the time of the robbery, Matia was a first offender and had no previous convictions.

After considering the mitigating and aggravating factors, Mr Ratuvili sentenced Matia to two years ten months.

Two months was deducted which Matia spent in remand,

Mr Ratuvili said he was not putting a time limit for him to become eligible for parole, instead he said it would be up to relevant authorities to decide on parole depending on rehabilitation.

Matia was given 28 days to appeal his sentence.

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