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Five Accused Of Assault On Police Front Court

Five Accused Of Assault On Police Front Court
The five men acussed of assaulting a Police officer in court on April 17, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei
April 19
13:43 2018


Five men who allegedly as­saulted a Police officer last weekend appeared at the Nasinu Magistrates Court yester­day.

The accused, Asaeli Matai, 21, Malakai Ledua, 18, Ratu Ilaitia Varani, 22, Filipe Lesi, 33, and Lo­salini Moce, 53, appeared before Magistrate Sufia Hamza.

They face two counts of act with intent to cause grievous harm and aggravated robbery.

On April 15, 2018 the men are al­leged to have unlawfully wounded Police Constable Suliano Vasuito­ga, 37, causing him grievous bod­ily harm.

After the alleged assault they allegedly robbed him of a Police torchlight, a USB flash drive and $50 in cash, all to the total value of $140.22.

Police prosecutor Constable Se­tareki Mocevakaca strongly ob­jected to bail for the accused men.

He said the case was of public in­terest, and a Police officer was bru­tally assaulted while carrying out his duty. Constable Mocevakaca also said the offence was indict­able in nature. He also served them with first phase disclosures in court.

One of the accused chose Legal Aid representation while the other four waived their right to a lawyer.

Magistrate Hamza remanded them in custody and adjourned the case to April 27, 2018 for first call in the High Court in Suva.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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