Judge orders therapy

HIGH Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar has deferred sentencing for a 20-year-old who pleaded guilty to seven counts of aggravated burglary, attempted burglary and theft to allow counselling for the accused.

Justice Goundar told Kitione Lui it was good that he was taking responsibility for his actions after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of theft and one count of attempted burglary, but that alone was still not good enough.

Justice Goundar asked him about his background.

Lui said he lived in Wainibuku in Nausori with his grandparents after his parents separated, and he stayed at home after dropping out of school at form four level.

Justice Goundar told Lui he needed to change his ways and asked the State lawyer to get a status update of cases in other courts where he had pleaded guilty.

He ordered that the accused be referred to Empower Pacific for counselling and a report from Empower Pacific to be submitted to court six days before sentencing.

Lui was told to bring his parents or grandparents to court on sentencing day.

“I will order that you be taken for counselling, but there must be willingness from you to change your behaviour,” Justice Goundar said.

Lui will be sentenced on May 9.

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