FIJI MAN GETS ONE-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR KILLING

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Victim beaten to death outside Lautoka night club

By Repeka Nasiko SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 12, 2010) - A man who caused the death of another has been convicted of manslaughter by the Lautoka High Court and subsequently sentenced to six months imprisonment.

In passing sentence Justice Priyantha Nawana started with a two year prison term for the accused but reduced his sentence to six months due to mitigating factors.

33-year old Saladoka Saumaibulu’s mitigating factors include him being a first time offender, that he pleaded guilty to the offence at the first available opportunity and that he was in remand for eight months.

"I reduce one year for the early guilty plea and reach at a period of one year imprisonment," he said

"I further reduce a period of three months for your remorseful conduct, for the past record free from convictions and for your family background."

"Another period of three months is reduced against your detention on remand nearly for eight months."

In the result, I arrive at a term of six month imprisonment." Justice Nawana stated.

Saladoka is said to have assaulted Charlie Dunn after the two were involved in a drunken brawl outside a nightclub in Lautoka.

According to the facts of the case, Dunn had started the brawl and later hit his head on the pavement following a punch from Saladoka.

The accused then punched, stomped and kicked Dunn on the face which resulted in him loosing consciousness.

Dunn was admitted at the Lautoka Hospital but was later transferred to the Colonial War Memorial hospital in Suva where he later died.

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