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20-yr-old receives suspended sentence over indecent Facebook post

Marika Ragogo, the 20-year-old of Vatukarasa in Nadroga who pleaded guilty to indecently insulting and annoying a person has been handed a two-year suspended sentence. Ragogo appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvuli at the Suva Magistrates Court this morning. Ragogo was charged for posting a photo comment of a minor with indecent comments in a […]

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May 20, 2016 12:40 pm

Marika Ragogo, the 20-year-old of Vatukarasa in Nadroga who pleaded guilty to indecently insulting and annoying a person has been handed a two-year suspended sentence.

Ragogo appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvuli at the Suva Magistrates Court this morning.

Ragogo was charged for posting a photo comment of a minor with indecent comments in a Facebook group.

Defence lawyer Vilisoni Tuiloco had told the court that Ragogo is a first offender and is supporting his mother and three younger siblings.

Tuiloco also told the court that Ragogo has sought forgiveness from the complainant.

Chief Magistrate Ratuvili gave a sentence of four months 16 days imprisonment which will be suspended for two years.

Marika Ragogo, the 20-year-old of Vatukarasa in Nadroga pleaded guilty to one count of ‘Indecently insulting and annoying any person’ at the Suva Magistrates Court this morning.

20-year-old Marika Ragogo outside the Suva High Court today. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
20-year-old Marika Ragogo outside the Suva High Court today. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Ragogo appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.

The charges were read out to Ragogo and he understood what he is charged with.

Ragogo’s lawyer, Vilisoni Tuicolo asked the case to be called in Suva and produced mitigating factors for his client.

In his mitigation, lawyer Vilisoni Tuiloco told the court that Ragogo:

  • was a first offender.
  • is a farmer who earns up to $100 a week.
  • stays with his mother and siblings and is the breadwinner of the family.
  • cooperated with the police.
  • sorted forgiveness from the complainant.

Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili has adjourned the case to the 20th of this month for the sentencing.

20-year-old Marika Ragogo of Vatukarasa in Nadroga who is charged with one count of ‘Indecently insulting and annoying any person’ appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon.

20 year old Marika Ragogo being escorted to the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
20-year-old Marika Ragogo being escorted to the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Ragogo appeared before Resident Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa.

Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa has adjourned the case to tomorrow for Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili to determine Ragogo’s bail application and whether the matter will be transferred to the Sigatoka Magistrates Court.

Ragogo has been remanded in custody.

A 20-year-man of Vatukarasa in Nadroga has been charged for posting a photo comment of a minor in a Facebook group.

A blurred screenshot of the photo comment circulated on facebook .
A blurred screenshot of the photo comment circulated on facebook .

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the man has been charged with one count of ‘Indecently insulting and annoying any person’.

NAISORO: “He is a 20-year-old farmer, he was brought in earlier today and was charged this afternoon after questioning.”

The man will appear in the Suva Magistrates Court today.

An investigation has begun regarding a post where a man made a disturbing photo comment regarding a child on Facebook.

Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has expressed serious concerns about the nature of the post.

QILIHO: “At a time where the nation is working towards eradicating this issue and looking at ways at protecting our children from becoming victims of such crimes, making a joke of such an issue is sickening.”

Investigators have been tasked to track down the person who posted the photo comment of the child.

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