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Pair jailed for $33k robbery

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, May 15, 2014

TWO men convicted of stealing various items worth about $33,000 from the British American Company in 2012 have been handed prison terms by the High Court in Lautoka.

Laisenia Vuluma will spend about seven years behind bars while Jolame Vunituraga was sentenced to nine years four months in jail.

The two were sentenced by Justice Sudharshana De Silva after admitting to two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.

The court heard that both Vuluma and Vunituraga were part of a gang that robbed the British American Company on March 12, 2012, in Lautoka.

Among the items stolen by the pair were 10 cartons of assorted cigarettes valued at $29,9430.10, $2010.60 cash, $359.80 cash cheque, a $400 mobile phone — altogether valued at $32,713.50.

They also robbed an employee of the company of cash and mobile phone worth $220.

The two accused also stole a car from the company worth $89,000.

Justice De Silva said Vuluma and Vunituraga along with a third man threatened and robbed the employees of the tobacco company while they were on a delivery run in Naikabula, Lautoka.

He said the robbery was well planned and the stolen items were of high value.

The high court judge ordered that Vuluma serve a non-parole period of six years while his co-accused spend eight years behind bars before being considered for parole.

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