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Accused On Bail For ‘Hot Tea Assault’

Accused On Bail For ‘Hot Tea Assault’
January 11
10:40 2018

Suva Magistrate Deepika Prakash released a 51-year-old man on bail yesterday after he appeared in court charged with one count of assault.

Ratu Orisi Sanadali is alleged to have poured hot tea on a 51-year-old female workmate on December 9 last year after he allegedly accused her of having an affair.

Magistrate Prakash released Sanadali on $500 bail with standard bail conditions and adjourned the case to February 22.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Jiten Singh appeared for the State.

Woman ordered to pay $1000 bond

A 26-year-old woman was ordered to pay $1000 cash to the Suva Magistrates Court registry before the close of business yesterday or risk being remanded in custody.

Elina Kotobalavu appeared before Magistrate Deepika Prakash and was questioned as to why she did not attend her court case. She faces five counts of careless driving related offences.

Magistrate Prakash told the accused that a bench warrant had been pending against her since May 22 last year. Kotobalavu said she had forgotten her court date and had not received any update since.

Magistrate Prakash told her that it was her responsibility to attend her court date because she was on bail. She was then released on $1000 cash bail and surety bond with the same amount.

The case was adjourned to January 15 for mention and the bench warrant against Kotobalavu was cancelled.

Man denies beating up wife

Suva Magistrate Waleen George yesterday vacated a plea of guilty by a 50-year-old man after he denied beating up his wife.

The accused pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife on October 16 last year occasioning her bodily harm. However he refuted the summary of facts of the case saying everything was false.

He said he had only tried to subdue her as she was a difficult woman to control. The accused said he never laid a finger on the complainant.

The case was adjourned to March 8 and the accused’s guilty plea was vacated.

Construction worker sentenced to four months

A 38-year-old man was told yesterday that the court found no compelling reasons to suspend his sentence as he was not a first offender.

Timoci Biu was sentenced to four months imprisonment for criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

On November 10 last year at around 4am Biu entered the complainant’s compound by climbing over the fence and when Police approached him he tried to evade arrest by pushing them. In his mitigation, Biu submitted that he was a construction worker who had two daughters and was separated from his wife.

He also sought the courts forgiveness for his actions.

The accused was sentenced to four months imprisonment for each count and was ordered to serve it concurrently.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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