FIJI ROBBER GETS SEVEN YEAR JAIL TERM

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By Aquela Lalakato

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Mar. 26) - A self-employed fisherman was sentenced to seven years in jail by the Suva Court yesterday for robbery with violence. 

Jimmy James Moore, 27, of Wailekutu in Lami, pleaded guilty to all counts of house breaking, robbery with violence, unlawful use of motor vehicle and larceny. 

Prosecuting officer Inspector Bhawani Prasad told the court Moore with three others broke into the house of a Jung Mook Jun, 52, the director of Voko Industries at 38 Lovoni Road on August 18, 2002, with intention to steal. 

The victim, who was sleeping at the time, woke up to the sound of noises. 

The thieves demanded money and tied his hands and legs when he said he had none.

They put him on the bed before ransacking the house, taking items amounting to $7,350. 

Items included assorted jewelry worth $4,000, a Sony deck worth $500, a Samurai sword worth $180, tabua worth $200, four wrist watches valued at $1,000, a $300 mobile phone and a camera worth $300. 

After collecting their loot, the four packed them inside Mr Jun’s car and drove off.

The vehicle was later found damaged at Wailada, Lami.

Moore was arrested through police investigations. His fingerprints matched those found at the crime scene. 

Inspector Prasad said the accused and his accomplices gained entry into the house by breaking the rear fence of the house. In mitigation, Moore asked for the court’s leniency to grant him a custodial sentence as he had just started a fishing business in Rakiraki and his wife was expecting a baby. 

Magistrate Salesi Temo told him he should have learned from his previous prison terms. 

For breaking into the house, he was sentenced to one year imprisonment, robbery with violence seven years, unlawful use of motor vehicle four months and larceny 18 months. 

All sentences are to run concurrent to each other. 

He is to serve a total of seven years imprisonment.

March 26, 2004

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