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9 months in jail for thief

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, January 18, 2014

A NABUA man has been jailed for nine months by magistrate Chaitaniya Lakshman for stealing about $1590 worth of Pure Fiji products from the company's Vatuwaqa factory.

Viliame Tawake, 35, while employed by Pure Fiji as a member of its maintenance staff, stole 60 pieces of 12-ounce hydrating lotions and 34 pieces of 12-ounce exotic oils.

Prosecutor Corporal Viliame Duguivalu told the court the incidents occurred between January 1 and April 4, 2012.

Tawake stole the Pure Fiji products from the storeroom and hid them in his pockets and boots. He then gave them to his wife to sell.

In handing down sentence, Mr Lakshman considered that Tawake was the sole breadwinner for his wife and four children.

However, he said despite three previous offences, Tawake seemed like he had not learnt his lesson.

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