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The High Court in Suva has sentenced Sanjay Mistry to seven years imprisonment for one count of attempted murder, contrary to Section 44 (1) and 237 of the Crimes Act.

The matter was called before High Court Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe.

In delivering his ruling, Justice Rajasinghe said it was proved during the hearing that the convict attempted to kill the complainant by striking her on her back, hand, and chest with three knives in 2021.

Justice Rajasinghe said the punishment for attempted murder is a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. However, the sentencing court has been given the judicial discretion to set a minimum term to be served before a pardon maybe considered.

The Court heard that Mistry suddenly went to the kitchen, got three knives, and attacked the complainant.

“The injuries inflicted by the accused were severe. Accordingly, I find the level of harm and culpability of this offence is significantly high.”

Justice Rajasinghe has placed a permanent DVRO against the accused with standard non-molestation conditions and no contact conditions according to Section 24 and 28 of the Domestic Violence Act.

“If you breach this restraining order, you will be charged and prosecuted for an offence under Section 77 of the Domestic Violence Act.”

A bench warrant is also issued against the accused.

Mistry has 30-days to appeal the matter.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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