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Life for killer

Shayal Devi
Friday, May 09, 2014

THE woman convicted of killing a young mother and her seven-month-old daughter at Vuda, Lautoka, last year has been handed a life imprisonment sentence.

Priya Darshani had pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder at the High Court in Lautoka last month.

The 22-year-old had brutally attacked a mother and her four children following a domestic dispute last year.

This led to the deaths of 33-year-old Sisi Taofa Patolo and seven-month-old Sarah Patolo, and the hospitalisation of Sarah, Anna and Angelina Patolo.

In delivering the final sentence yesterday, judge Justice Sudharshana De Silva said Darshani had deprived the three surviving children of a mother's love and affection.

"The accused had admitted that the reason she went to Viseisei was to go and kill Taufa and the family and she did not like them," he said.

"Some of the aggravating factors in this case include the use of a weapon, crow bar, to inflict injuries on the two deceased and three child victims.

"The offence was violent nature and caused severe injuries on the three child victims and has inflicted psychological trauma on the three child victims."

He also said the mitigating circumstances included Darshani being a first offender and a mother.

Judge De Silva said Darshani would not be eligible for parole until she had served 20 years imprisonment.

She has 30 days to appeal.








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