Fiji Time: 1:32 AM on Thursday 30 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Two years in jail for thief

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, January 11, 2014

THE Suva Magistrates Court has sentenced a man in absence to two years in jail for stealing a mobile phone from two youngsters.

Magistrate Chetaniya Lakshman proceeded to a trial in absentia as the prosecution witnesses were present.

The magistrate said the accused, Avinesh Pillay, had attended all his court dates but was not present for the hearing which started on Thursday, and therefore he would proceed with the trial in Pillay's absence.

After the five witnesses were presented by police prosecutor Corporal Viliame Duguivalu, the court convicted Pillay of theft.

The court heard the two youngsters were sitting at a bus stop in Nasinu when Pillay snatched the mobile phone and ran off.

The court was also told Pillay had worked for Narere Transport, the owners of which were close with complainants' family and that was how they'd seen Pillay before.

After the trial, Mr Lakshman said the youngsters had taken a good look at Pillay and that the accused was known to the police as well.

He said there was no mistaking Pillay's identification. The court convicted Pillay and since he was absent, there was no mitigation. Mr Lakshman sentenced Pillay to two years in jail and issued a committal order for his arrest.

The court ruled Pillay would start serving his jail time from the time he is caught.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61450.5955
JPY 59.248756.2487
GBP 0.30390.2959
EUR 0.42940.4174
NZD 0.71770.6847
AUD 0.65130.6263
USD 0.47710.4601

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Final goodbye
  2. Suspended teacher to explain
  3. $114m highway opens
  4. Prison overcrowding
  5. $20m early repayment
  6. Unequal income a challenge
  7. PM tells villagers to take advantage
  8. Family support drives Isaac to pursue career in music
  9. Child labour worry
  10. Team works on road improvement

Top Stories this Week

  1. Nightmare Thursday (23 Jul)
  2. Deaths haunt 15-year-old Monday (27 Jul)
  3. Nakasi rape suspect in court Sunday (26 Jul)
  4. Dad dies, kids worry Tuesday (28 Jul)
  5. Three dead Sunday (26 Jul)
  6. Distraught mum recalls promise Tuesday (28 Jul)
  7. Where's the money Friday (24 Jul)
  8. Truck sinks into town road Monday (27 Jul)
  9. Flying Fijians spoil Samoan celebrations Monday (27 Jul)
  10. Court date for minister Thursday (23 Jul)