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Two years in jail for $20

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, May 08, 2014

STABBING his sister-in-law for $20 landed a man in prison for two years.

Josua Drelinavai, 32, had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of act with intent to cause grievous harm.

He admitted he stabbed his sister-in-law in rage after she didn't respond to his demand that she pay back the $20 she owed to him.

According to the facts of the case Drelinavai was lying on the sofa at their home when he asked for the money.

When his sister-in-law didn't respond, Drelinavai followed her and stabbed her in the head with a kitchen knife.

The impact resulted in a three centimetre deep laceration to the head.

Justice Paul Madigan in his sentencing said the victim was admitted in the hospital for five days.

He said what made the crime worse was that the offence was committed in front of a child, Drelinavai's niece.

He said the court noted the early guilty plea and the remorse shown by Drelinavai.

The court said Drelinavai had apologised to the victim and this was confirmed by a letter to the court from the victim.

Justice Madigan said the offence was serious especially when a dangerous weapon was involved.

Drelinavai has to serve 18 months before he can get parole.

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