Sentencing for Princessa burglars adjourned

A Supreme Court hearing into the theft of goods from a Princessa supermarket has been adjourned to enable lawyers to agree on the disputed details of the items stolen.

Defendants, Kanela Tomasi, 17, and Amosa Leapai, 20, appeared before Supreme Court Justice, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, on Tuesday. 

They are both from Malie village and are represented by defence lawyer, Leota Tima Leavai.

Addressing the Court, Leota said her clients are disputing the details of the Police summary of facts. 

They are being charged for taking three cartons of cigarettes, Digicel mobile credit cards and $700 cash.

However, the defendants told their lawyer that they only took two cartons of Pall Mall cigarettes and not three as alleged in the summary of facts. 

And they only stole 10 Digicel mobile credit cards and did not take the $700 cash as claimed.

The burglaries took place at the Princessa Supermarket at Nu’u and the value of the total goods stolen – based on the testimony of the two defendants – would bring the value of the goods to around $1,100.

Justice Leiataualesa said he will propose sentencing for both burglaries – which were done at different times this year –  so they can be taken into account in totality.

The Court heard that prosecutor, Quentin Sauaga, has to contact the owner of Princessa supermarket to verify the claims that the defendants made, though the prosecutor said he is unsure if the business owner is in the country.

The defence and prosecution lawyers were then asked by Justice Leiataualesa to go through the disputed summary of facts to agree on the details, otherwise the Court will need to schedule a hearing for that to be resolved. 

Sentencing has been adjourned to 12.30pm next Tuesday, 4 August. 

Though, this will depend on whether the parties agree on the summary of facts.

Tomasi was taken into custody on Tuesday. For the February matter, he was released on bail but reoffended hence being taken back into custody. The maximum penalty for burglary is 10 years in prison.

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