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Court Briefly

Court Briefly
September 21
09:37 2017

Judge wants victim’s university schedule

State counsel Lavinia Bogitini has been asked to present the university timetable and enrolment confirmation letter of a Scottish rape victim who is currently abroad studying.

This is in the matter of Eddie Murphy who is charged with the rape of a Scottish volunteer.

Ms Bogitini withdrew the application for Skype evidence and informed the court that the victim will be giving evidence in person.

She further informed the court that the victim has yet to confirm her university timetable hence she is unsure if the victim can come to Fiji on the set trial dates to attend to the case.

The trial dates are currently set from October 2 to October 13, this year.

The matter was called before Judge Justice Riyaaz Hamza at the Suva High Court yesterday.

Murphy, 23, was part of a volunteer group including the victim conducting projects in Namosi when he allegedly raped her.

The alleged incident occurred sometime last year.

The case has been adjourned to September 28, for mention. Jessica Savike

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

Bail extended for ex-FICAC secretary

The former Secretary for the Independent Legal Services Commission, Afrana Rahiman Nisha had her bail extended by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

The matter was called before Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara.

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption charged Nisha with seven counts each of falsification of documents and three counts each of obtaining a financial advantage.

FICAC counsel Sera Fatafehi served the 2013 audited accounts from the Office of Auditor General’s (OAG) report and further informed the Court that the 2014 and 2015 audited accounts are yet to be received from the OAG and once it is received, it will be served to the defence accordingly.

Defence Counsel Ashneel Nand has been given 21 days to make written submissions on the use of the telephone records and bank account statements to which prosecution has been given 14 days to reply to.

The alleged incident occurred between July 1, 2012 and November 5, 2014.

It is alleged that Nisha while being employed as secretary to the Independent Legal Services Commission dishonestly falsified seven Bank of Baroda cheques amounting to $16,136.34 by forging signatures of the Solicitor General of Fiji and the payees and as a result of this conduct obtained a financial advantage of $16,136.34 from the Independent Legal Services Commission.

The case has been adjourned to November 3, for Mention to check on the submissions before a Ruling is made.

Jessica Savike

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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