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January 05
11:00 2018

Prosecution requests more time to send case file to DPP

The Police prosecution, in the case against a 26-year-old fisherman charged with rape, yesterday requested for more time from the court to transfer the case file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

Police prosecutor Special Constable Eka Saini requested 14 days for this process at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

Accused Molitoni Taro Vunivavalagi appeared before Magistrate Asanga Bodaragama.

He was further remanded in custody.

Vunivavalagi is alleged to have forcefully had sex with a 24-year-old woman at Veisari in Lami on December 14, 2017.

It is alleged that the incident happened after he and three other men invited the woman to a drinking party after a night out in Suva.

Special Constable Saini told Magistrate Bodaragama that the case was transferred to the High Court previously.

Vunivavalagi was further remanded in custody and the case was adjourned to January 18 for mention before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra



Alleged teen abductor released on $500 bail

A 45-year-old taxi driver charged with two counts of abduction was bailed by the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday.

It is alleged that between August 25, 2017, and December 29, 2017, the accused took the 16-year-old complainant of Nakasi to a Nabua flat against the will of her mother with intent to have sex with her.

Again on September 2, 2017, the accused took the same girl to a motel in Suva against her mother’s will.

Police prosecutor Constable Josua Shaw objected to the accused’s bail application on the grounds that he was charged with a serious offence and the complainant was a young girl.

However, Magistrate Asanga Bodaragama released the accused on a $500 bail bond and ordered him to provide two sureties.

He was ordered to report to the Samabula Police Station every Sunday between 8am and 6pm.

The case was adjourned to February 15  for mention.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra




Teenager fined $300 for drink driving

An 18-year-old Provisional Licence holder was fined $300 yesterday for a drink driving conviction.

He pleaded guilty to one count of breach of zero alcohol limit.

Jolame Sikolia appeared before Suva Magistrate Deepika Prakash and was convicted accordingly.

On November 3 last year, Sikolia drove a vehicle on Grantham Road in Raiwaqa under the influence of alcohol.

The accused chose to represent himself in court and admitted to the facts on his own freewill.

He admitted in court that he drove the vehicle drunk.

Magistrate Prakash told Sikolia that the offence attracted a maximum penalty of $2000 fine or two years imprisonment or both, and mandatory three months or two years disqualification from driving.

In his mitigation, the teenager submitted that he was single, unemployed and sought forgiveness from the court.

He also promised Magistrate Prakash that he would not reoffend.

Further to being fined, the accused was disqualified from driving for three months. He was ordered to pay the fine within 90 days or face 30 days imprisonment in default.

He was given 28 days to appeal.


Edited by Caroline Ratucadra



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