Mandatory life term for ex-pilot
13 June, 2018, 10:00 am
HIGH Court judge Justice Vincent Perera yesterday told a man who killed his de-facto partner that the fact that he has a wife and a son in India will not be considered by the court as mitigating factors. Justice Perera said the above fact was a clear indication that former pilot Imshad Ali was not remorseful of the offence he had committed and his contempt towards the judicial system.
He sentenced Ali to a mandatory life sentence.
He said Ali was charged in 2010 but he was released on bail on March the same year.
His bail conditions were varied in 2011 in order to allow him to travel to India for medical treatment.
However, he chose not to come back to Fiji, but he was deported in 2016. He said the only factor that could be regarded as a mitigating factor, in this case, was that he was a first offender.
Justice Perera said the evidence showed that the case was not that of premeditated killing. He said the offence was committed after an argument he had with the victim.
He said he had also taken into account the statement Ali made when he was interviewed by police when he said he had killed his de-facto partner because he was jealous and angry.
Ali will need to first serve a minimum of 18 years before he can apply for presidential pardon.