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Man pleads guilty, convicted of abduction

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, January 30, 2014

A YOUNG man who acted out of love for his girlfriend has been convicted of abduction by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Ashwin Chand, 20, admitted yesterday he took his girlfriend without her parents' consent last year.

The court heard when the incident happened the girl was 17 and was in the custody of her parents. Chand pleaded guilty in his first appearance and admitted the facts.

The court heard Chand was courting his workmate's sister who was two years his younger and took her away without her parents' consent for the purpose of sex.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili told Chand the court recognised that he admitted the facts and was a first offender.

In mitigation, Chand said he was only educated up to Class 8 and worked in a supermarket. In response, Mr Ratuvili said Chand's relationship with the victim was genuine and virtuous, and that there was no evidence of violence or exploitation.

Mr Ratuvili said it seemed the affection between Chand and the victim was genuine.

He said as a result of the incident, Chand had now lost his girlfriend as the girl's parents did not like him.

As an aggravating factor, Mr Ratuvili said Chand's actions had a negative effect on the family and that he had breached the trust of his friend.

Chand was instructed to sign a bond of $700, to keep the peace and to not reoffend.

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