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Suspended sentence

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

THE parents of a two-year-old child who drowned in a creek were given a suspended sentence by the High Court in Suva.

Mesake Raburau and Salote Selema were charged with manslaughter.

During the trial the State had stated that negligence led to the death of the toddler who fell into a creek behind their home in Tailevu.

The couple pleaded guilty when the plea was put to them and admitted the facts presented in the court.

In his sentencing, Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam said the death of a child affected the parents psychologically and socially and the court felt they had realised what they had done was wrong by not keeping a watchful eye on the whereabouts of the toddler. The two-year jail term was suspended for three years.

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