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Warning for man

Shalveen Chand
Friday, January 24, 2014

AN elderly man who punched a bus driver has been given a suspended sentence by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Peni Bukete, 62, was sentenced to five months suspended for 15 months.

The court heard Bukete had boarded a bus and paid his fare through the E-pay system but did not show his welfare card to the driver.

The court heard the driver charged Bukete $1.15 but an enraged Bukete asked why he was not charged the discounted fare under the welfare scheme.

The court heard Bukete then punched the driver and broke his spectacles worth $350. Bukete also damaged the shirt of another man.

The court heard that when Bukete was taken to Nabua Police Station, he behaved in a disorderly manner.

Bukete was convicted of assault, damaging property and disorderly conduct in a police station.

In mitigation, he told the court he was a first offender, was married with five children and earned $100 a week as a handyman.

The court sentenced Bukete to five months suspended for 15 months and made orders that he pay the second complainant $30 for damaging his shirt.

This will be reviewed next month.

Bukete was also ordered to pay $350 for damaging the spectacles by the end of June.

The court warned Bukete that his failure to abide by the orders would result in him serving five months in jail.

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