Farmer put behind bars

Justice Riyaz Hamza said the complainant, who is Toma’s brother-in-law, testifi ed in court how he was repeatedly struck with a cane knife and caused grievous injuries. Picture: FILE

A TAVEUNI farmer has been jailed for five years with a non-parole period of four years.

High Court judge, Justice Riyaz Hamza deducted time Jese Toma spent in custody resulting in a head sentence of four years and 10 months with a non-parole period of three years and 10 months.

In sentencing Toma, Justice Hamza said that he stabbed the complainant in the presence of his wife and children on October 20, 2018, at Delaivuna settlement, Taveuni.

“Due to the attack, the complainant had to run away from his own house in the dead of the night and hide behind the banana plantations,” he said.

“You caused serious injuries to the complainant.

The complainant has now lost mobility of his left palm. He testifi ed that he cannot clench his left palm into a fist.

“Due to the injuries caused on the complainant, several scars can be seen on his left hand most of which would be permanent in nature.”

Justice Hamza said the complainant, who is Toma’s brother-in-law, testifi ed in court how he was repeatedly struck with a cane knife and caused grievous injuries.

The aggravating factors, Justice Hamza said was the prolonged attack on the victim which happened at his residence.

“You showed no regard to the complainant’s rights and his personal safety.”

The 32-year-old farmer has been given 30 days to appeal the decision.

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