10 months’ imprisonment for possession of cannabis

Simon Edmond Philip pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of dangerous drugs.

The maximum sentence for this offence is a fine not exceeding VT100 million or 20 years’ imprisonment, or both.

The mitigating factors are as follows: pleaded guilty, his character and personal history from his pre-sentence report, 34 years old, lives with his fiancée and they have three children.

He is self-employed – he operates a kava bar with his fiancée.

He also performed a custom reconciliation ceremony with his chief and another to his family.

The defendant’s end sentence is 10 and a half months imprisonment and the cannabis seized by the Police is to be destroyed.

 

Duo charged with possession of dangerous drugs

Danny Robert and Kalo August pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of dangerous drugs, and one charge of attempted supply of dangerous drugs.

The maximum sentence for these offences is a fine not exceeding VT100 million or 20 years’ imprisonment, or both.

The mitigating factors are as follows: Robert pleaded guilty, his character and personal history from his pre-sentence report were taken into account, he is 21 years old and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He has been selling marijuana and earning money from it for a while before being caught.

He has skills in construction work and joinery, currently employed by CWR Construction as a construction worker and has no previous convictions.

August also pleaded guilty, his character and personal history from his pre-sentence report were considered, he is 20 years old and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He is an Agriculture and Social Science teacher at Etas Seventh Day Adventist School. August is also a student at the University of the South Pacific’s Emalus Campus and he has no previous convictions.

August is sentenced to 12 months under supervision.

He is required to take part in a rehabilitative and reintegrative needs assessment and/or programme when directed to do so by a probation officer.

For Robert, the end sentence imposed on the possession charges is 8 months’ imprisonment.

 

Man charged with indecency with a young person

Kalo Charley pleaded guilty to two charges of act of indecency with a young person and three charges of act of indecency without consent.

The maximum sentence for these offences is 10 years and 7 years’ imprisonment.

The relevant factors are as follows: guilty plea, his character and personal history from his pre-sentence report were considered, he is married and has 4 children and a step-daughter.

He supports his family through seasonal work overseas and has no previous convictions.

His wife is still on good marriage terms with him, for which he is said to be truly grateful.

He believes his children will shun him for his actions for which he says he will live with regret all his life.

His offer to perform a custom reconciliation ceremony has been refused by the complainants and their families.

Charley’s end sentence imposed (Count 1) for an Act of indecency without consent is 3 years 6 months imprisonment; (Count 2) Act of indecency without consent is 3 years imprisonment; (Count 3) Act of indecency without consent again, 3 years imprisonment; (Count 4) Act of indecency with a young person 3 years 10 months’ imprisonment; and (Count 5) Act of indecency with a young person is 3 years 6 months’ imprisonment.

 

6 years and 10-month jail term for Intentional homicide

Caroline Wasabulu pleaded guilty to one charge of intentional homicide.

The maximum sentence for this offence is 20 years imprisonment.

The mitigating factors are as follows: Wasabulu pleaded guilty, her personal history and character were considered, she was 46 years old at the time of the offending.

She has 5 children and 4 grandchildren. Wasabulu makes a living from selling food at the kava bar.

She has no previous convictions.

The deceased’s family have refused a reconciliation ceremony.

She now has the loss of companionship at her age.

Wasabulu’s end sentence imposed is 6 years and 10 months’ imprisonment.

 

Man charged with attempted intentional assault

John William Haiegospin faced numerous charges.

He pleaded guilty for intentional assault attempt, driving under the influence of alcohol, threats to kill, malicious damage to property, theft and escape for lawful custody.

There are no mitigating factors, However, the circumstances of this case required that the primary consideration for sentencing Haiegospin, who was only 20 years of age at the time of this offending, should be rehabilitative rather than punitive.

Haiegospin’s end sentence is 250 hours of Community Work and 12 months of supervision with several conditions.

He will be assessed to attend and complete courses to deal with consumption of alcohol and drugs, anti-violence, respect for elders and the community, as well as budgeting.

He is also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 3 years, from March 12, 2019.

 

Jail term for unlawful entry and theft

John Enock pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful entry of a dwelling house and one count of theft.

The offence of unlawful entry of a dwelling house is punishable by imprisonment for a period of up to 20 years’ imprisonment where the house is used for human habitation. Theft is also punishable by imprisonment for up to 12 years.

The aggravating and personal factors are as follows: There is some degree of planning as the offending occurred at night and the amount of money taken and misused was substantial.

He also had no authorization to enter the house.

He is 25 years old and completed his education at Year 12 at the Lycee LAB in Port Vila and could not continue due to financial difficulties, he is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church and relates well with his community and families.

William’s end sentence is to a term rounded off to 1-year imprisonment. On the charge of theft, he is sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment.

 

5-year jail term for sexual intercourse without consent

Jackson Moffet pleaded guilty to two (2) counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

The maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for life.

The aggravating factors are as follows: there is an element of planning as the offending occurred at night on both occasions.

Force and threats were used to prevent the complainant calling out for help, his character and personal history from his pre-sentence report were considered, he pleaded guilty, he is 25 years old, single and works at Au Bon Marche to support his parents and siblings.

The defendant’s end sentence is 5 years’ imprisonment, and concurrent for both charges.


Disclaimer: All court documents have been sourced and summarized from PACLII website. All this information is public information and randomly chosen to feature in the Daily Post every Friday.


SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST