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Burglar to learn his fate today

Tuesday 1 September 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime


After months of being held in custody, recidivist burglar Japhet Manuel will be sentenced today.

Manuel was to be sentenced by the Chief Justice Sir Hugh Williams QC in March, however it was moved to another date as the Covid-19 pandemic hit and borders closed.

Manuel is represented by defence lawyer Wilkie Rasmussen and will appear before Justice Patrick Keane.

He admitted to the charges of entering with intent where on one occasion he unlawfully entered a residential home in Titikaveka.

Police prosecution previously told the court, Manuel had a history of breaking in and entering.

Also, expected to be sentenced today is the last of the four boys involved in the Tex Mart, Nikao aggravated robbery on April 20 this year.

Rechimaer Rairoa represented by lawyer Mark Short admitted to the charge of aggravated robbery a week ago.

His three co-offenders were sentenced by Justice Keane in August.

In May, Short told the court that his client’s participation was minimal, and he had already apologised to the store owner.

Short said with agreement from the store owner, his client was currently doing some voluntary work at the store.