7 Jan 2017

Fiji man gets 9-year sentence for theft of $20

2:58 pm on 7 January 2017

A Fiji man has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison for the aggravated robbery of $20.

21-year-old Eparama Tawake was on Friday sentenced for the robbery, in which he attacked a man on a Suva street with a knife for the money.

The Fiji Sun reports that the magistrate, Shageeth Somaratne, said that despite Tawake being a young first time offender, it was the court's duty to protect the public.

Tawake will be eligible for parole in seven years.