Nausori businessman appeals sentence and conviction

A 45-YEAR-old Nausori businessman who was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment for one count of receiving stolen items has appealed his sentence and conviction to the High Court in Suva.

Ajay Sashikant Pala was sentenced by Magistrate Shageeth Somaratne on October 5, 2018.

Defence counsel Iqbal Khan has also filed a motion for bail pending appeal.

Mr Khan told the court that he was still awaiting the magistrates court’s record that he had sought for in October.

He said the prosecution during trial failed to prove who the owner of the stolen jewellery was and what was the value of the items.

According to the sentence delivered by Magistrate Somaratne, Pala dishonestly obtained stolen jewelleries valued at $52,900 between November 30, 2013, and February 8, 2014, in Nausori.

Judge Justice Daniel Goundar asked Mr Khan why wasn’t any enquiry made by Pala on how the i-Taukei man got the jewellery that he later sold to Pala.

The case has been adjourned to December 6.



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