Teenagers in court concerns judge; refers case for counselling

Update: 11:04AM SUVA high court judge Justice Daniel Goundar says many teenagers charged with criminal offences are from broken families.

And he said unless adults responsible for them take action, those teenagers would always continue to behave that way.

Justice Goundar made the comments after two cases brought before him were cases of two different accused persons aged 18 and 20 years old who were living with their grandparents.

In the case of Kitione Lui, 20, who pleaded guilty to all seven charges against him, three of which were attempted burglary, three of theft and one of attempted burglary, Justice Goundar deferred sentencing and referred Lui for counselling by counsellors from Empower Pacific.

Justice Goundar also ordered that Empower Pacific submit a report of Lui’s behaviour during the counselling sessions on May 4th, five days before sentencing.

Lui will be sentenced on May 9. 

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