Sentence reduced

A NADI man serving a 31-month prison term has had his sentence reduced by four months after a successful appeal hearing in the High Court in Lautoka.

Ulaiasi Radike appeared before judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe last Thursday.

The court heard the appellant was charged with one count of burglary and one count of theft when he was sentenced by the Nadi Magistrates Court last August. It heard Radike stole a camera, two laptops and some other electronic appliances. He was not eligible for parole for a period of 16 months.

The appellant had filed an appeal on the grounds that the sentence was exaggerated, that any opportunity for rehabilitation was denied and non-existence of discretion.

With the new sentence, a non-parole period of 12 months has been imposed.

He has 30 days to appeal.

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