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July 12
10:00 2018

Two charged with attempted aggravated burglary take plea

Two men charged with attempted aggravated burglary had their plea taken in the High Court in Suva on Monday.

Malakai Cakaunitabua, 20, and Lekima Tunidau, 19, appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar represented by Legal Aid Commission lawyer Shantel Hazelman.

On April 18, 2018, at Nausori Town, the duo allegedly attempted to break and enter into a Vodafone Booth as trespassers with the intention to steal.

Cakaunitabua pleaded not guilty to the charge while his co-accused Tunidau pleaded guilty.

Justice Goundar told Ms Hazelman to confirm the second accused’s guilty plea on the next date.

State lawyer Susan Serukai was also advised to prepare the summary of facts and sentence submissions for the second accused.

Both men have been further remanded in custody and the case has been adjourned to July 16, 2018, for mention.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

 

Labourer guilty of defilement

A sugarcane labourer, charged with defilement, will face sentencing at Labasa Magistrates Court on September 3, 2018.

The man who pleaded not guilty appeared before Magistrate Seinileba Levaci for judgement yesterday.

It is alleged that the labourer, while working for the complainant’s grandfather, had unlawful carnal knowledge of the complainant on August 7, 2002, in the Northern Division.

The complainant at the time of the alleged incident was below the age of 16.

Magistrate Levaci said the evidence provided by the accused was incredible.

She further stated that the accused claimed that he didn’t know that the complainant was a school student when in fact he had been working for the complainant’s family as a labourer for so long and knew the ins and outs of everyone and the property.

This also meant he must have seen the complainant in school uniform.

The court found him guilty.

Magistrate Levaci instructed Police prosecutor Constable Vishal Varma to prepare the offender’s previous record of offences and file it.

The case has been adjourned for sentencing on September 3, 2018.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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