FIJI NEWS
August 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

A Savusavu man’s thirty months imprisonment sentence for stealing 205 pearls at the value of $61,500 has been reduced to 18 months after he appealed against his sentence before the High Court in Labasa.

The High Court heard that the man’s appeal was on the grounds of that the Magistrate did not take into account that he was a first offender and the Magistrate did not advise the man on the benefit of legal aid before the plea was taken on the first day of appearance.

The Court also heard that the man is 34 years of age, married with two children, his wife is currently pregnant, he is the sole breadwinner for the family and he committed the offence to supplement low wages he received from his employer.

The Court also heard that the man was working as a pearl cleaner at the Fiji Pearl Company, together with two colleagues cleaned up to 1,200 pearls and their shells a day and in this process the man stole 205 pearls but the theft was revealed when pearls were offered for sale on the streets of Savusavu and the employer became suspicious.

He will be eligible for parole after serving a sentence of 12 months.

By Mereani Gonedua    

 

Wiggle


PREVIOUS STORY
Submission-makers want a united Fiji
NEXT STORY
Bullying offenders can face conviction

Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share

 


Posted Comments
No comments, but you can post the first comment!
   





Would you like the free education scheme for primary and secondary school students to continue next year?
 Yes
 No


Poll Results: Current | Previous

Would you like the free education scheme for primary and secondary school students to continue next year?
Yes
 83%
No
 17%



More Polls
Press Esc to close this window
BUSINESS
No repeat of 2000 burning, businesses toldFiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has assured the business community that the events of the 2000 coup where some businesses were looted and burned down will not be repeated in this year's election.
SPORTS
Whites set to sign four playersNational Football League champions Suva are poised to sign at least four players in this player transfer window.
WORLD
'Green'-tinted SUVs at Seoul Motor ShowGas-guzzling SUVs, eco-friendly electric cars and the odd brave attempt to marry the selling points of both are taking centre stage at the biennial Seoul Motor Show.
TECHNOLOGY
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
ENTERTAINMENT
NZ concert for The Madden Brothers on Nov 4The Madden Brothers have announced a November 4 Auckland concert, after taking New Zealand by storm with their platinum certified smash single We Are Done, from their debut album Greetings From California, released this week.
HEALTH/FITNESS
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS