Jail for men stealing from businessman

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

TWO young men aged 17 and 19 years were given jail sentences by the court yesterday.

Tom Gagame Junior and his juvenile co-accused faced a charge of larceny.

On September 11 this year Tom Gagame Jr and his co-accused stole SBD$10,000 and USD$5,000 at the Kukum area outside one of the shops there.

The two were arrested after a woman was seen changing US dollars at the Good Luck shop and was caught on CCTV; it was at that time the woman was approached and admitted that one of the accused gave her the money to do exchange for him.

The two accused when questioned by police in relation to the offence, admitted to committing the offence and told police that they used an instrument to open the victim’s car.

Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga in delivering his sentence said the offence of stealing is one of the criminal offences very much hated in the community of this country.

He described those people who steal as lazy people.

“It is also a shameful act especially when one used the money to feed himself or his family, knowing very well the money was obtained as a result of stealing,” Magistrate Aulanga said.

He said offenders are lucky Solomon Islands is lenient in its punishment for the crime, compared to some countries around the world where harsher penalties are paid.

Gagame Jr is sentenced to two years while the juvenile gets one year and six months.

From the court’s record police investigators were able to recover the shoes and the USD$4,500; USD$500 is still missing.

In regards to the SBD$10,000, only $700 was recovered.

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