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14 years jail time for dad

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

HIGH Court judge Justice Salesi Temo yesterday was able to clear the longest criminal case before his court last Thursday after sentencing Adriu Tuilagi to 14 years in jail for robbery with violence.

Justice Temo found the father of two guilty on three counts of robbery with violence and one of unlawful use of motor vehicle.

Tuilagi, who committed the offences on March 3 and 5 of 2008, pleaded not guilty to all four charges.

Two of the three assessors delivered a not guilty opinion. The third assessor found him guilty of two of the four charges.

Justice Temo overturned all not guilty opinions and sentenced the 39-year-old to 14 years for the robbery with violence charges and three months for the unlawful use of motor vehicle charge, all to be served concurrently.

In his written judgment Justice Temo said the aggravating factors were that the violent robberies on the three complainants were all planned and executed, the level of violence inflicted on the complainants was extremely unpleasant.

He said all three complainants were attacked by a group of men in the early hours of the morning in their own homes, they were physically and verbally abused and the accused and his friends showed no regard to the complainants' rights as human beings when they offended against them.

"No member of society needed to be treated like this," Justice Temo said.

Tuilagi and his accomplice violently entered the homes of three complainants in Navua and the Nasinu areas, stealing items worth more than $10,000.

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