Monday, April 26, 2010

Former police officer sentenced to 12 years

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, April 26, 2010

A former police officer who used a police vehicle to escort robbers away from the scene of the crime, has been sentenced to 12 years in jail by the Suva High Court today.

Saimoni Rokotunidau, has been sentenced by Justice Daniel Goundar to 12 years imprisonment and he has to serve nine years of his sentence before he can apply to be released.

In sentencing Rokotunidau, Justice Goundar says he breached the Police trust when he committed his robberies in 2009 and that a high degree of planning was involved before the robberies were executed.

While being a police officer last year, Rokotunidau helped a group of men plan and execute a home invasion, where his accomplices stole more than $7000 in cash and cheques.

The men, used a gun, a pinch bar and a cane knife in the robbery before Rokotunidau escorted their getaway car with his police vehicle.

Apart from this, Rokotunidau was also sentenced to offenses her committed between 2003 and last year.

He was charged a total of 23 counts ranging from armed robbery, robbery with violence and criminal intimidation.

Rokotunidau also had 31 previous convictions prior to his seven year robbery spree, which ended last year.

Comment posted on (

  • This is the serial criminal that joined the New Methodist and straight away Teleni recruited him to be a police officer even though he had outstanding charges yet to be heard in court for offences allegedly committed from 2003 to 2009, the time he became a police officer.
  • A sad reflection of how dumb the illegal Police Commissioner is.

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