“This Court does not find the present offence to be of a trivial nature which would require a non-punitive sentence. Nor would a heavy fine meet the ends of justice in the present case,” wrote the judge, Renuka Devi Dabee in her judgment against the businessman, Rakesh Gooljaury in the Roches-Noires case.
After analyzing the facts of this case, the judge Renuka Devi Dabee Intermediate Court imposed three months in prison for Rakesh Gooljaury Monday, April 18.
But the sentence was suspended while a social investigation to determine if Rakesh Gooljaury will be authorized to perform community service instead of serving the prison sentence. He will be back in court on May 4.
Rakesh Gooljaury was found guilty of making false statements to the police in the wake of the burglary at the bungalow of Navin Ramgoolam on the night of 2 to 3 July 2011.
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Rakesh Gooljaury pleaded guilty on Monday, April 11 at the opening of his trial at the Intermediate Court. He was charged with “Effecting public mischief” in violation of Article 298 of the Penal Code. He was defended by lawyers Stephen Rex , Jacques Panglose, Sanjeev Teeluckdharry and Rouben Mooroongapillay.
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