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Counsel seeks shorter sentence

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

A DEFENCE counsel sought the High Court in Lautoka's consideration for an 18-year non parole sentence for his client, Priya Darshani — the woman who murdered a mother and her seven-month-old baby in Viseisei, Vuda last year.

Darshani pleaded guilty to the charges on April 3.

The Legal Aid lawyer told Judge Justice Sudharshana De Silva they would rely on their submissions while the state made a submission of between 20 and 25 years sentence.

Justice De Silva also queried the whereabouts of the three children who were also injured in the course of last year's incident.

The state lawyer informed the court the injured children had recovered from their injuries and were still under the care of the Department of Social Welfare.

Darshani, 22, is charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder following a brutal attack which led to the deaths of 33-year-old Sisi Taofa Patolo and seven-month-old Sarah Patolo near Viseisei Village last year.

Darshani will be sentenced tomorrow.

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