Man gets part-suspended and part-custodial sentence for domestic burglary

DOMESTIC burglary is a serious offence in which the victim loses a lot of things.

This was the comment of High Court judge Justice Chamath Morais when sentencing Serupepeli Ratuvukivuki to 34 and a half months in Suva today.

Ratuvukivuki received a partly suspended sentence whereby he has to serve two and a half months in prison, and the remaining 32 and a half months has been suspended for five years.

Justice Morais said he was giving Ratuvukivuki an opportunity to mend his ways given he was a young offender who pleaded guilty to a count each of aggravated burglary and theft.

The court heard that on May 23, 2018, in Raiwaqa, Ratuvukivuki entered a person’s house and stole assorted items to the total value of $3165.

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