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Appeal dismissed

Luisa Qiolevu
Saturday, January 20, 2018

A MAN who was jailed for 16 months in May 2017 for obtaining $2500 by selling a vehicle while pretending to be a military officer, had an appeal against his sentenced dismissed by the High Court in Labasa.

Ashwin Chand was convicted and jailed for obtaining financial advantage by deception and was given a 16-month sentence — 10 months to serve and six months suspended for two years.

Chand's main complaint in his appeal was that the learned magistrate failed to give any discount for time spent in custody while on remand.

Justice Daniel Goundar maintained in his ruling that the sentence was not only below the tariff, but lenient.

The appeal decision held that "the failure to discount for the remand period in the sentence has not caused a substantial miscarriage of justice".

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