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Fijian to be deported after breaking into a house and asking for sex in New Zealand

STUFF NZ reports that a Fijian national Ratu Vereniki Romuakalou, 23, appeared by video link (from Christchurch Men’s Prison) for sentence at the Nelson District Court on Monday. 

Romuakalou, who is an overseas worker under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary. 

Romuakalou broke into the house in the early hours of Sunday April 14, through an unsecured rear door. 

Romuakalou broke into a Motueka house to proposition a woman for sex will be deported as soon as possible, a judge had said.

He turned on the light and moved towards the woman, who had been sleeping in the lounge near a newborn baby she had been babysitting. 

She ran from the room, alerting the other members of the household. Romuakalou fled but was located by police a short distance away.

In a statement to police, he said he went into the house “looking for someone to have sex with”, and had been very drunk at the time. 

Lawyer Emma Riddell said Romuakalou was remorseful and very ashamed for his actions, and wanted it to be known he did not mean to frighten the woman. 

Judge David Ruth said Romuakalou “should be deported immediately to ensure the safety of the community from you and people like you.”

From a starting point of two years in prison, Romuakalou received a discount for his previous good character and remorse, as well as his guilty plea to the charges. 

Judge Ruth sentenced Romuakalou to a total of 13 months in prison, some of which had already been served since he was taken into custody on April 15. 

He said there were no post-detention conditions to be imposed, with Romuakalou to be deported to Fiji as soon as possible after completing his sentence. 

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