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Briefly From Court

Briefly From Court
Pateresio Finau
June 16
10:00 2017

Man faces 4 charges for alleged hit-and-run case

The driver alleged to have caused the death of 22-year-old Special Constable Eroni Daugunu was bailed by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Pateresio Finau, 53, of Wailekutu, Lami, appeared before Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage.

Finau is charged with one count each of dangerous driving occasioning death, failure to stop after an accident, failure to comply with requirements following an accident and failure to report after an accident.

It is alleged that he caused the death of PC Daugunu in a hit-and-run incident along Walu Bay in Suva.

Police prosecutor Corporal Joshua Shaw did not object to bail, stating that investigations into the case were still continuing.

Magistrate Liyanage approved bail with strict conditions,

Finau was ordered to provide two sureties with a bond of $10,000 each and to surrender his passport.

The case was adjourned to September 4 for mention.


Ex-CID chief case transferred to High Court

The former director for Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Police Superintendent Luke Rawalai’s case was transferred to the High Court yesterday.

Rawalai appeared before Magistrate Kashyapa Wickramasekara at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Rawalai’s lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh advised the court that his client was ready to take a plea.

He said they had started compiling an application to move the case to the High Court.

Magistrate Wickramasekara said further disclosures from FICAC were to be served in two weeks’ time.

The case was adjourned to June 29 for appearance at the High Court in Suva.

Rawalai is charged with three counts of abuse of office and two counts receiving a bribe.



Suspended MP Tikoca judgment deferred

The judgment for suspended Opposition Member of Parliament Isoa Tikoca has been deferred to July 4.

This was after Tikoca and his lawyer failed to appear at the Suva Magistrates Court before Magistrate Makereta Mua yesterday.

Magistrate Mua however said that their absence could have been the result of a misinformed time of the case.

Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) charged Tikoca for allegedly failing to declare his liabilities before the 2014 General Election.

It is alleged that Tikoca upon being nominated by a political party namely Social Democratic Liberal Party as a candidate for the 2014 General Election failed to declare the liability and the amount of the liability to the Registrar, the Permanent Secretary responsible for the Elections; that he had incurred to the Government of Fiji during his tenure as Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.

Tikoca is represented by Jolame Uludole and he remains on bail.



Reports edited by Caroline Ratucadra



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