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Court Cannot Help Murderer: Judge

Court Cannot Help Murderer: Judge
July 12
10:00 2018


A Labasa man convicted of murder in 2008 was told by the High Court in Suva on Monday that there was nothing else that the court could do for him.

Filimoni Vetau was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years.

He appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar seeking constitutional redress.

Lawyer Priscilla Singh told the court that Vetau’s grievance was that he was assaulted by Police at the Seaqaqa Police Station during his arrest.

Vetau confirmed that he had appealed his sentence and conviction to the Fiji Court of Appeal, however it was not successful.

He then appealed to the Supreme Court of Fiji, but it was also denied.

Justice Goundar asked if he had applied for a review of the Supreme Court decision to which he said he did and his application was not granted.

Justice Goundar then told him that the highest Court of Fiji had looked at his grievances and decided that there was no violation in his rights.

Vetau was also asked if he had sought legal advice before filing for constitutional redress.

He told Justice Goundar that the Legal Aid Commission had rejected his application and refused to represent him.

He added that he was not concerned that his application may be frivolous and that it was his constitutional right to make his grievances known.

The case was then adjourned to August 6, 2018 for hearing.

State lawyer Shirley Tivao appeared on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is a respondent in the matter.

Edited by Percy Kean.


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